New Dates for Kansyore and Pastoral Neolithic Ceramics in the Eyasi Basin, Tanzania

In: Journal of African Archaeology
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  • 1 Department of Sociology and Anthropology, St. Louis University in Madrid
  • 2 Department of Sociology and Archaeology, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
  • 3 Department of History and Archaeology, University of Dar es Salaam
  • 4 Geochronology Laboratory, Illinois State Geological Survey, University of Illinois

This paper presents and contextualizes two radiocarbon dates directly obtained from Kansyore and Savanna Pastoral Neolithic (Narosura) ceramic sherds from sites near Lake Eyasi in Tanzania. The dates improve upon those obtained during prior research, which were compromised by problematic samples and stratigraphic disturbance. This underscores the importance of direct dating on diagnostic ceramics in areas with poor site integrity. The Eyasi Basin, often thought to mark a “southern frontier” for stone-using herders, is placed in a broader regional context in terms of material correlates of the spread of food production.

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