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Omo Revisited: Evaluating the Technological Skills of Pliocene Hominids

de la Torre, I; (2004) Omo Revisited: Evaluating the Technological Skills of Pliocene Hominids. Current Anthropology , 45 (4) pp. 439-465. 10.1086/422079.

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Abstract

The Omo archaeological sites in southern Ethiopia, dated to some 2.3 million years ago, provide some of the earliest evidence for tool use by hominids. In recent years we have witnessed the appearance of a new paradigm based on data from sites such as Gona and West Turkana; rather than as having clumsily experimented with a new technology, the early tool makers are seen as having recognized the principles of conchoidal fracture and having had the knowledge and technical skills required for knapping. The Omo sites are situated in a chronological range similar to those of Gona, Hadar, West Turkana, and Kanjera and should contribute significantly to the debate on the nature of early technologies. This paper presents the first review of the Omo lithic collections in decades and attempts to place these assemblages in context in the framework of Pliocene archaeology.

Type: Article
Title: Omo Revisited: Evaluating the Technological Skills of Pliocene Hominids
DOI: 10.1086/422079
Additional information: Journal publication date: August-October 2004
Keywords: Oldowan, Pliocene, African archaeology, Omo, Ethiopia
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
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/11184
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