African Archaeological Review

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 103–138 | Cite as

Lithic reduction sequences as an aid to the analysis of Late Stone Age quartz assemblages from the Luano Spring, Chingola, Zambia

  • Michael S. Bisson


This paper describes Late Stone Age assemblages of quartz tools and debitage from sites near Luano Hot Spring, Chingola, Zambia. Formal tools at the Luano rock shelter site suggest a ‘Nachikufan II’ to ‘Nachikufan III’ sequence according to the traditional terminology. However, analysis of the debitage demonstrates that all levels of the site represent a single Late Stone Age technological tradition. Differences in formal tool frequencies at this site are better explained as activity facies. The implications of these results for our understanding of local Late Stone Age-Iron Age contacts are discussed.


Technological Tradition Reduction Sequence Formal Tool Shelter Site Rock Shelter 
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Cet article décrit des ensemblages d'outils et d'éclats de débitage sur quartz de l'Age de la Pierre Récent provenant de sites proches des sources thermales de Luano, près de Chingola, en Zambie. Les outils de l'abri sous roche de Luano suggèrent une séquence allant du ‘Nachikufien II’ au ‘Nachikufien III’ selon la terminologie traditionnelle, cependant l'analyse du débitage montre que toutes les couches du gisement correspondent à une seule tradition technologique de l'Age de la Pierre Récent. Dans ce gisement, les différences de fréquences des types d'outils s'expliqueraient par des facies résultant d'activités différentes. Les implications de ces résultats pour l'etude locale des contacts entre l'Age de la Pierre Récent et l'Age du fer sont discutées ici.


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