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Naiyena Engol 2 (West Turkana, Kenya): a Case Study on Variability in the Oldowan

Roche, H; de la Torre, I; Arroyo, A; Brugal, J-P; Harmand, S; (2018) Naiyena Engol 2 (West Turkana, Kenya): a Case Study on Variability in the Oldowan. African Archaeological Review , 35 (1) pp. 57-85. 10.1007/s10437-018-9283-5. Green open access

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Abstract

Recent years have seen increasing interest in the study of Oldowan technological variability, and the observed inter-assemblage diversity has been attributed to a number of causes, including raw material availability, different hominin species, and cultural and diachronic variation. This paper explores technological variability through the study of Naiyena Engol 2, an Oldowan site dated at c.1.8–1.7 Ma and located in the Nachukui Formation of West Turkana, Kenya. Site formation processes, stratigraphic and taphonomic aspects of Naiyena Engol 2, are reported and are followed by a discussion of the lithic assemblage, focusing on flaking techniques and battering activities. Our results show important diversity of flaking techniques within the same assemblage, suggesting that lithic variability is not only an inter-site phenomenon but also may be found within single Oldowan sites. Additionally, the overall low flake productivity of Naiyena Engol 2 is in sharp contrast with patterns observed in other West Turkana assemblages such as Lokalalei 2, thus also supporting the existence of significant inter-assemblage variability during the Oldowan.

Type: Article
Title: Naiyena Engol 2 (West Turkana, Kenya): a Case Study on Variability in the Oldowan
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s10437-018-9283-5
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1007/s10437-018-9283-5
Language: English
Additional information: © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2018. This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Early Stone Age; Oldowan; West Turkana; Lithic technology; Technological variability
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10045831
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