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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 (2) 2011

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P. Osypiński, M. Osypińska & A. Gautier

Affad 23, a Late Middle Palaeolithic Site with Refitted Lithics and Animal Remains in the Southern Dongola Reach, Sudan

Journal of African Archaeology, Volume 9 (2), 2011, pages 177-188, DOI 10.3213/2191-5784-10186

Abstract
Affad 23, situated in upper alluvial deposits related to a former channel of the Nile in the Affad District, Southern Dongola Reach, Sudan, is mainly known through its upper or surface level. The combined data concerning the position of the site, composition of the lithic assemblage, freshness, refittings and dispersion of the artefacts point to a late Middle Palaeolithic workshop used for short periods. It utilized discoid and levallois debitage of Hudi Chert collected from the palaeochannel during the low-water season. The animal remains suggest opportunistic hunting of medium-sized antelopes, probably mainly kobs living near the site, some dorcas gazelles, occasionally hippopotamus and other big game, as well as small vertebrates, much less visible in the collected samples. A lower level, separated from the surface level by a deposit of some 30 cm, represents an earlier workshop. The easy access to chert in the palaeochannel may also explain the existence of other Paleolithic sites along the channel as workshops.

Résumé
Affad 23, situé dans les alluvions supérieurs en connexion avec un ancien chenal du Nile dans le district d'Affad, zone méridionale du Dongola au Soudan, est connu principalement par son niveau supérieur ou de surface. Les données combinées concernant la position topographique du site, la composition de l'assemblage lithique, la fraicheur, les remontages et la dispersion des artéfacts indiquent un atelier du Paléolithique Moyen tardif, occupé pour de courtes périodes. Il utilisait le débitage discoïde et Levallois du Hudi Chert, récolté du paléo-chenal au cours de la saison des basses eaux. Les restes animaux suggèrent la chasse opportuniste d'antilopes de taille moyenne, probablement surtout des kobs vivant près du site, des gazelles dorcas, occasionnellement d'hippopotames et d'autre gibier de grande taille, ainsi que de petits vertébrés, beaucoup moins visibles dans les échantillons récoltés. Le niveau inférieur, séparé du niveau supérieur par quelque 30 cm de dépôts, représente un atelier plus ancien. L'accès facile au chert du paléo-chenal explique peut-être aussi d'autres sites du Paléolithique Moyen le long du chenal comme autant d'ateliers.




Keywords: Late Middle Palaeolithic, refittings, Southern Dongola Reach, Sudan, workshop


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