Percussion tools in Olduvai Beds I and II (Tanzania): Implications for early human activities

Rafael Mora, Ignacio de la Torre

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Abstract

In this paper, we focus on the description of the Olduvai Bed I and II assemblages linked to percussion activities. Our revision of the sites excavated by Leakey [Excavations in Beds I and II, 1960-1963, vol. 3, 1971] has demonstrated the dominance that lithic percussion processes - not always related to knapping activities - have in some Oldowan and Early Acheulean assemblages. We consider the technical sequences that generated the pounded pieces, evaluating the importance of such percussion processes in the framework of the activities performed at each site and its relevance for the reconstruction of early human behaviour. © 2005 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-192
JournalJournal of Anthropological Archaeology
Volume24
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2005

Keywords

  • Africa
  • Early hominid activities
  • Olduvai
  • Percussion tools
  • Plio-Pleistocene

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