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The Journal of African Archaeology is an international peer-reviewed periodical appearing half-yearly since 2003. It publishes original papers addressing recent research and developments in African archaeology and related disciplines. The journal's main purpose is to provide scholars and students with a new pan-African forum for discussing relevant topics on the cultural dynamics of past African societies.

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Vol. 5 (1) 2007

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M.M.A. McDonald

Twilight of the microlith in the Late Epipalaeolithic of North East Africa? Locality 268 in Dakhleh Oasis, Egypt

Journal of African Archaeology, Vol. 5 (1), 2007, pages 79-90, DOI 10.3213/1612-1651-10086

Abstract
Location 268 in Dakhleh Oasis, Egypt, is an anomaly within the Epipalaeolithic of North Africa. Instead of the characteristic microlith, a small element usually modi-fied for hafting in a composite tool, it yields tools made almost exclusively on large blanks, many of them heavily modified for hafting. Relative dating evidence suggests that Loc. 268 was occupied late in the Epipalaeolithic, when groups elsewhere in the region were gradually phasing out the microlith. The focus on large hafted tools at Loc. 268 may reflect the need of collectors for a reliable toolkit to counter the risks entailed in opting for greater sedentism within an unusually rich, well-watered niche.

Résumé
Le site 268 de l'oasis Dakhleh, en Egypte, semble une anomalie au regard de l'Epipaléolithique de l'Afrique du Nord. Au lieu de produire des microlithes caractéristiques de l'époque, c'est-à-dire de petites pièces taillées pour être emmanchées dans un outil composite, l'investigation du site a livré des outils fabriqués presque exclusivement sur de larges galets, dont plusieurs sont retouchés pour l'emmanchement. Selon les datations relatives, le site 268 a été occupé vers la fin de l'Epipaléolithique, époque durant laquelle les groupes environnants abandonnaient graduellement cet outillage microlithique. L'accent mis sur la production de ces grands outils emmanchés dans le site 268 reflète peut-être chez ces collecteurs le besoin d'un outillage fiable afin de parer aux risques liés à une sédentarisation accrue dans un lieu particulièrement riche en ressources et en eau.




Keywords: collector system, Dakhleh Oasis, hafting, increased sedentism, Late Epipalaeolithic


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