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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 (2) 2007

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M.E. Prendergast, L. Luque, M. Domínguez-Rodrigo, F. Diez-Martín, A.Z.P. Mabulla & R. Barba

New excavations at Mumba Rockshelter, Tanzania

Journal of African Archaeology, Volume 5 (2), 2007, pages 217-243, DOI 10.3213/1612-1651-10093

Abstract
Mumba Rockshelter in northern Tanzania presents one of the richest and most complete archaeological sequences in East Africa for the Middle Stone Age through the Iron Age. Past excavations of the shelter revealed an extremely rich lithic and faunal assemblage, but were problematic, either because of poor excavation and recording methods (in the 1930s), or because the materials were never fully studied (in the 1979/1981 excavations). In both cases, excavators had concluded that the shelter contained a deposit without visible separation between archaeological levels. Re-excavation of Mumba, using modern techniques for recording spatial data, show that the previous geological and archaeological sub-divisions of the shelter deposits need much revision. The results of the excavation have implications for the interpretation of the "transitional" Mumba Industry in the Pleistocene levels and for the co-occurrence of ceramic traditions in the Holocene levels.

Résumé
L'abri de Mumba, au nord de la Tanzanie, présente une des plus riches séquences archéologiques de l'Afrique de l'Est pour le Paléolithique moyen jusqu'à l'Age du fer. Les fouilles antérieures réalisées dans l'abri ont révélé un ensemble lithique et faunique très riche, mais aussi problématique, à cause des méthodes de fouille (dans les 1930) ou des études inachevées des matériels (issus des fouilles de 1979/81). Les chercheurs précédents conclurent qu'il n'y avait pas de niveaux archéologiques dans l'abri. Les résultats de la fouille présentés ici à l'aide des techniques modernes d'enregistrement des données spatiales, montrent que la stratigraphie doit être revue tant d'un point de vue géologique qu'archéologique. Les nouvelles données issues de la fouille ont des implications dans de l'interprétation de l'industrie de "transition" de Mumba pour les niveaux pléistocènes et dans la co-occurrence de traditions céramiques dans les niveaux holocènes.




Keywords: East Africa, Iron Age, Kansyore, Later Stone Age, Middle Stone Age, Mumba, Pastoral Neolithic


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