Regional Diversity Within the Core Technology of the Howiesons Poort Techno-Complex

  • Chris Clarkson


This chapter works from the assumption that core technology is a culturally transmitted practice that is more conducive to tracking cultural phylogenies than retouched implements that have undergone strong selection and convergence for functional properties. This chapter presents an analysis of core traditions within the MSA of southern Africa using multivariate morphometric analysis of cores from five Howiesons Poort sites. Results suggest that regional traditions of core reduction existed within this widespread techno-complex despite strong similarities in backed artefact technologies. This raises the possibility that backed artefact manufacturing technology spread between local populations that had inherited quite different approaches to core reduction.


Core Technology Stone Artefact Core Shape Core Reduction Lithic Technology 
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The author would like to thank the Australian Research Council, the University of Queensland and the University of Cambridge for funding this research. I particularly wish to thank Graham Avery, Sarah Wurz, and Royden Yates either currently or formerly of The Iziko Museum in Cape Town, John Parkington of The University of Cape Town, Lyn Wadley, Helen Kempson and Marlize Lombard of The University of Witwatersrand and Alex Mackay of the Australian National University, for their permission to access collections, assistance in locating material and valuable discussions about the material. Two anonymous reviewers provided helpful comments. I am very grateful to Stephen and Parth for their invitation to contribute to their session on innovative approaches to lithic technology at the 2008 Society for American Archaeology Meetings in Vancouver, and to this book.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social ScienceThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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