Foraging, Food Production and Laminar Components in the Northern Cape, South Africa, and Beyond

In: Journal of African Archaeology
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  • 1 Research Fellow, Department of Anthropology & Archaeology, University of South Africa

Variability in the size of laminar (blade/bladelet) components has been used as a distinguishing feature between two archaeological signatures in the interior of the Northern Cape Province, South Africa. These signatures potentially represent different socio-economies (hunter-gatherers and herders) and date to the last two millennia. I consider this approach in more detail by presenting analytical results for the lithic material from Breek Been Kolk 3. In addition, attention is drawn to how differential features of laminar components often appear to accompany shifting lifeways beyond the Northern Cape region.

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