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Title: In situ conservation strategies: a case study of archeopaleontological remains from the Early Pleistocene site of El-Kherba (Ain Hanech), Algeria
Authors: Lacasa Marquina, Elena
Fernández Colón, Pilar
Hamlat, Aldjia
Marouf, Latefa
Harichane, Zoheir
Sahnouni, Mohamed
Keywords: In situ conservation strategies;Remedial conservation;Preservation;Agents of degradation;Climate fluctuation;Semiarid environment;Sub-fossil bone;Early Pleistocene;North Africa
Issue Date: Sep-2014
Publisher: Museum of the Lourinha
Citation: Journal of Paleontological Techniques, 2014, 13, 3-18
Abstract: Dated to circa 1.8 million years ago, the site of El-Kherba (Ain Hanech, Algeria) yielded a Plio-Pleistocene fauna associated with Oldowan stone tools that are pertinent for documenting the earliest human occupation in North Africa. Some of the remains of large and medium-sized vertebrate fauna present a poor state of preservation due to three critical factors: 1) the severe contrast between climatic conditions of air and soil ecosystems; 2) the preand post-depositional alterations; 3) the nature and properties of the sub-fossil remains. The Centro Nacional de Investigación sobre la Evolución Humana (CENIEH, Burgos, Spain) and the Institut d'Archéologie de l'Université d'Alger 2 (CNRPAH, Algiers, Algeria) have collaborated on a Project funded by the Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID) aiming to provide immediate solutions for preserving fragile sub-fossil bones and to develop conservation strategies in order to ensure the long term preservation of this valuable archeo-paleontological heritage.
ISSN: 1646-5806
Type: Article
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