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Title: Assessing functionality during the Early Acheulean in level TKSF at Thiongo Korongo site (Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania)
Authors: Panera Gallego, Joaquín
Rubio Jara, Susana
Domínguez-Rodrigo, Manuel
Yravedra Saínz de los Terreros, José
Méndez Quintas, Eduardo
Pérez-González, Alfredo
Bello Alonso, Patricia
Moclán Ramos, Abel
Baquedano, Enrique
Santonja, Manuel
Keywords: Early Stone Age;Spatial analysis;Acheulean site function;Lithic technology;Faunal analysis;Taphonomy
Issue Date: Aug-2019
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Quaternary International, 2019, 526, 77-98
Abstract: To understand the identity of the early Acheulean, it is necessary to discriminate between the variables that influenced the selection of technological strategies. Functionality of the archaeological sites is crucial in assessing the manufacturing strategies of lithic tools. To achieve this goal, analysis of the post-depositional processes must be evaluated. When bone remains have been preserved, anthropic animal processing can be identified through zooarchaeological and taphonomic analyses, and the spatial relationships among all the components can also be assessed, especially when bone surface is not sufficiently preserved. There are two levels present at Thiongo Korongo, ~1.3 Ma, TKLF and TKSF. These are in autochthonous position with no significant temporal diachrony but with substantial technological differences in the manufacturing of the lithic tools, which enables the analysis of the influence of human activities on technological behaviour. In order to evaluate this issue at TKSF, we present lithic, faunal, taphonomic, fabric, and spatial analyses. An assemblage of megaherbivores, among which Sivatherium is outstanding, dominate the TKSF faunal remains. Cortical preservation is poor; there is no intervention of carnivores, the rate of green fractures is low, and a few cut marks on size 5 and 3b animals were identified. Hence, apparently human intervention on the fauna was not intensive. Spatial and geostatistical analyses hints of a specific area where megaherbivores were processed by humans. Through wear use and biomarker analyses on stone tools, we are currently trying to understand the activities that were carried out in the remaining paleosurface. At paleosurface TKLF, the main anthropogenic input could be related to activities other than animal resource exploitation, in which large handaxes were necessary. Without the assessment of site functionality and chronological context, this data could have lead to the differences observed at TKLF and TKSF being attributed to different Acheulean stages.
ISSN: 1040-6182
DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2019.09.013
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