African Archaeological Review

, Volume 32, Issue 4, pp 701–728 | Cite as

Technological Trends in the Acheulean of Wonderwerk Cave, South Africa

Original Article

Abstract

The assemblage of stone tools from P. Beaumont’s Excavation 1 at Wonderwerk Cave, Northern Cape Province, South Africa, provides a unique stratified sequence covering a large part of the Earlier Stone Age. A combination of cosmogenic burial age and paleomagnetic age dating provides limited chronometric constraint on this sequence. The Wonderwerk sequence provides evidence for the development of Earlier Stone Age technology in southern Africa that parallels the sequence known from East Africa. This paper presents a technological discussion of biface technology at Wonderwerk Cave as well as an overview of the associated lithic assemblage.

Keywords

Acheulean Lithic technology Earlier Stone Age Wonderwerk Cave Handaxe Biface 

Résumé

L’assemblage lithique provenant des fouilles de P. Beaumont à la Grotte de Wonderwerk, Province du Cap du Nord, Afrique du Sud, présente une séquence stratifiée unique couvrant la plupart du Earlier Stone Age. Un programme de datation par isotopes cosmogenique et paleomagnetisme nous donnes un dégrée du contraint chronométrique sur cette séquence. La séquence de Wonderwerk donne des indices d’un développement de la technologie au cours d’Earlier Stone Age en Afrique du Sud parallèle à la séquence connue en Afrique d’Est. Cette article présent une étude technologique des bifaces a Wonderwerk aussi bien qu’un vue d’ensemble de l’assemblage lithique.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Evolutionary Studies InstituteUniversity of the WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa

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