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78,000-year-old record of Middle and Later Stone Age innovation in an East African tropical forest

Shipton, C; Roberts, P; Archer, W; Armitage, SJ; Bita, C; Blinkhorn, J; Courtney-Mustaphi, C; ... Boivin, N; + view all (2018) 78,000-year-old record of Middle and Later Stone Age innovation in an East African tropical forest. Nature Communications , 9 , Article 1832. 10.1038/s41467-018-04057-3. Green open access

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Abstract

The Middle to Later Stone Age transition in Africa has been debated as a significant shift in human technological, cultural, and cognitive evolution. However, the majority of research on this transition is currently focused on southern Africa due to a lack of long-term, stratified sites across much of the African continent. Here, we report a 78,000-year-long archeological record from Panga ya Saidi, a cave in the humid coastal forest of Kenya. Following a shift in toolkits ~67,000 years ago, novel symbolic and technological behaviors assemble in a non-unilinear manner. Against a backdrop of a persistent tropical forest-grassland ecotone, localized innovations better characterize the Late Pleistocene of this part of East Africa than alternative emphases on dramatic revolutions or migrations.

Type: Article
Title: 78,000-year-old record of Middle and Later Stone Age innovation in an East African tropical forest
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-04057-3
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-018-04057-3
Language: English
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Keywords: Archaeology, Palaeoecology
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10119745
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