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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. 9 (1) 2011

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I. Parsons

Foraging, Food Production and Laminar Components in the Northern Cape, South Africa, and Beyond

Journal of African Archaeology, Volume 9 (1), 2011, pages 5-14, DOI 10.3213/1612-1651-10181

Abstract
Variability in the size of laminar (blade/bladelet) components has been used as a distinguishing feature between two archaeological signatures in the interior of the Northern Cape Province, South Africa. These signatures potentially represent different socio-economies (hunter-gatherers and herders) and date to the last two millennia. I consider this approach in more detail by presenting analytical results for the lithic material from Breek Been Kolk 3. In addition, attention is drawn to how differential features of laminar components often appear to accompany shifting lifeways beyond the Northern Cape region.

Résumé
La variabilité de la taille des composantes laminaires (lame/lamelle) a été utilisée comme critère de différenciation entre deux signatures archéologiques à l'intérieur de la Province du Cap du Nord, Afrique du Sud. Ces signatures représentent potentiellement différents groupes socio-économiques (les chasseurs-cueilleurs et les bergers) et datent des deux derniers millénaires. Je considère cette approche plus en détail en présentant les résultats d'analyse du matériel lithique de Breek Been Kolk 3. En outre, l'attention est attirée sur la façon dont les caractéristiques différentielles des composantes laminaires paraissent souvent accompagner les modes de vie changeant au-delà de la région du Cap du Nord.




Keywords: Breek Been Kolk 3, food production, interior northern Cape, laminar components


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