Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Item metadata
Title: The Middle to Later Stone Age technological transition in East Africa. New data from Mumba Rockshelter Bed V (Tanzania) and their implications for the origin of modern human behavior
Authors: Díez Martín, Fernando
Domínguez-Rodrigo, Manuel
Sánchez-Yustos, Policarpo
Mabulla, Audax Z. P.
Tarriño Vinagre, Antonio
Barba Egido, Rebeca
Prendergast, Mary E.
Luque, Luis de
Keywords: Technological transition;Lithic technology;Middle Stone Age;Later Stone Age;East Africa;Mumba Rockshelter;Modern human behavior
Issue Date: Oct-2009
Publisher: Africa Magna Verlag
Citation: Journal of African Archaeology, 2009, 7 (2), 147-173
Abstract: Recent re-excavation of Mumba Rockshelter unearthed an unbiased lithic sample from Bed V. Technological analysis has permitted a reinterpretation of the so-called Mumba Industry, a transitional industry between Middle and Later Stone Ages originally defined by Mehlman (1989). Our data confirm Mehlman’s observation that the “evolutionary” markers in Mumba Bed V are basically typological. However, our study differs from his in that we classify all of Bed V as LSA based on the combined analyses of typology and technology in our excavated assemblage. From a technological perspective, no changes have been observed throughout the sequence, and continuity is the main technological characteristic of the series. The only transitional marker from Lower through Upper Bed V is the appearance of the geometric crescent in the latter, taking into account that microliths exist throughout the sequence. This evidence casts some doubts on previous interpretations and underscores the need to recover a larger sample using modern excavation techniques. It also stresses the need to define the MSA/LSA transition in better terms, combining techno-typological criteria.
ISSN: 1612-1651
DOI: 10.3213/1612-1651-10136
Editor version:
Type: Article
Appears in Collections:Geocronología y Geología

Files in This Item:
There are no files associated with this item.

Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.