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

Rafael Mora, Ignacio de la Torre

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    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
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2005


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


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