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Rockshelter Sedimentation in a Dynamic Tropical Landscape: Late Pleistocene-Early Holocene Archaeological Deposits in Kitulgala Beli-lena, Southwestern Sri Lanka

Kourampas, Nikos; Simpson, Ian A; Perera, Nimal; Deraniyagala, Siran U; Wijeyapala, W H


Kitulgala Beli-lena, a rockshelter in gneiss in humid tropical southwestern Sri Lanka, was inhabited by Late Pleistocene-Early Holocene (31,000-7880 B.P.) hunter-gatherers who made geometric microliths and exploited rainforest resources. Micromorphological analysis of a ca. 3-m-thick succession of diamictic loams, clays, and breccia with cultural content suggests that relative contribution of episodic colluviation and roof fall, water seepage through joints and diverse human activity varied...[Show more]

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Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Geoarchaeology: An International Journal
DOI: 10.1002/gea.20287


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