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Engraved ochre from a Middle Stone Age context at Klein Kliphuis in the Western Cape of South Africa

Mackay, Alexander; Welz, Ara


This paper reports on a piece of engraved ochre recovered from a Middle Stone Age context at the rock shelter site of Klein Kliphuis (Western Cape, South Africa). The ochre was associated with a mixed assemblage of Howiesons Poort and post-Howiesons Poort MSA artefacts, suggesting that it is substantially younger than similar finds at Blombos Cave. The implications of the find for arguments concerning the nature of Late Pleistocene behavioural evolution are discussed.

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Archaeological Science
DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2007.10.015


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