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Two Holocene rock shelter deposits from the Knersvlakte, southern Namaqualand, South Africa

Orton, Jayson; Klein, Richard G.; Mackay, Alexander; Schwortz, Steve; Steele, Teresa


This paper describes the first excavations into two Holocene Later Stone Age (LSA) deposits in southern Namaqualand. The limestone shelters afforded excellent preservation, and the LSA sites contained material similar in many respects to shelters in the Cederberg range to the south. Deposition at both sites was discontinuous with a mid-Holocene pulse in Buzz Shelter followed by contact-period deposits over a total depth of some 0.45 m. In Reception Shelter the 1.40 m deposit yielded a basal age...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Southern African Humanities


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