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Poison arrows and bone utensils in late Pleistocene eastern Africa: evidence from Kuumbi Cave, Zanzibar

Langley, Michelle C.; Prendergast, Mary E.; Shipton, Ceri; Quintana Morales, Eréndira M.; Crowther, Alison; Boivin, Nicole


Most of our current knowledge of late Pleistocene African bone technology is drawn from southern African sites, with recent discoveries indicating that bone- and stone-tipped arrows (propelled by a bow) were in use prior to 60,000 years BP. Integration of archaeological with ethnographic data similarly suggests that hunting with poison-tipped arrows on the African continent has an antiquity of at least 24,000 years. Unfortunately, similar analysis of material from eastern Africa is largely...[Show more]

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Date published: 2016
Type: Journal article
Source: Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa
DOI: 10.1080/0067270X.2016.1173302
Access Rights: Open Access


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