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The Transition from Hunting–Gathering to Food Production in the Gamo Highlands of Southern Ethiopia

Arthur, JW; Curtis, MC; Arthur, KJW; Coltorti, M; Pieruccini, P; Lesur, J; Fuller, D; ... Tykot, RH; + view all (2019) The Transition from Hunting–Gathering to Food Production in the Gamo Highlands of Southern Ethiopia. African Archaeological Review , 36 (1) pp. 5-65. 10.1007/s10437-018-09322-w. Green open access

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Abstract

Over three field seasons between 2007 and 2012, we excavated three caves—Mota, Tuwatey, and Gulo—situated at an average elevation of 2,084 m above sea level in the cool and moist Boreda Gamo Highlands of southwestern Ethiopia. Anthropogenic deposits in these caves date from the Middle to Late Holocene (ca. 6000 to 100 BP) and provide excellent preservation of material culture, fauna, flora, and human skeletal remains from which to investigate changes in technologies and habitat use over the last several thousand years. Here, we present results and interpretations, suggesting ways in which Holocene communities of the Boreda Gamo Highlands constructed new landscapes and technologies in their transition from hunting and gathering to an agropastoral way of life.

Type: Article
Title: The Transition from Hunting–Gathering to Food Production in the Gamo Highlands of Southern Ethiopia
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s10437-018-09322-w
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10437-018-09322-w
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author(s) 2019. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: Ethiopia Gamo Later Stone Age Cave archaeology Hunter and gatherer Food production
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10071653
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