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The Late Pleistocene microlithic at Putslaagte 8 rockshelter in the Western Cape, South Africa

Journal Article


Abstract


  • This paper describes the late Pleistocene early microlithic at Putslaagte

    8 (PL8) rockshelter in the eastern Cederberg of the Western Cape.

    Focus is placed on: 1) characterising the pre-Robberg Early Later Stone

    Age (ELSA) and Robberg at the site, and 2) determining if and how the

    ELSA anticipates the Robberg. Results suggest that the ELSA in the

    eastern Cederberg is associated with the production of hornfels blades

    with a shift in production emphasis towards smaller silcrete blades

    during the Robberg. Blade production systems and modes of delivery,

    however, are quite different in the two periods. Bipolar technology

    forms only a minor component of the ELSA technology and there

    is minimal use of quartz despite its presence in the landscape. This

    contrasts with the ELSA at sites on the opposite side of the Cape Fold

    Mountain Range and in the north of the subcontinent where bipolar

    technology and a preference for quartz appear to be defining features.

    The late Pleistocene sequence at PL8 is particularly significant for

    helping to characterise the pre-Robberg in the southwest of southern

    Africa – an area where the nature of the ELSA is currently underdefined.

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • Low, M. & Mackay, A. (2016). The Late Pleistocene microlithic at Putslaagte 8 rockshelter in the Western Cape, South Africa. South African Archaeological Bulletin, 71 (204), 146-159.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/4593

Number Of Pages


  • 13

Start Page


  • 146

End Page


  • 159

Volume


  • 71

Issue


  • 204

Abstract


  • This paper describes the late Pleistocene early microlithic at Putslaagte

    8 (PL8) rockshelter in the eastern Cederberg of the Western Cape.

    Focus is placed on: 1) characterising the pre-Robberg Early Later Stone

    Age (ELSA) and Robberg at the site, and 2) determining if and how the

    ELSA anticipates the Robberg. Results suggest that the ELSA in the

    eastern Cederberg is associated with the production of hornfels blades

    with a shift in production emphasis towards smaller silcrete blades

    during the Robberg. Blade production systems and modes of delivery,

    however, are quite different in the two periods. Bipolar technology

    forms only a minor component of the ELSA technology and there

    is minimal use of quartz despite its presence in the landscape. This

    contrasts with the ELSA at sites on the opposite side of the Cape Fold

    Mountain Range and in the north of the subcontinent where bipolar

    technology and a preference for quartz appear to be defining features.

    The late Pleistocene sequence at PL8 is particularly significant for

    helping to characterise the pre-Robberg in the southwest of southern

    Africa – an area where the nature of the ELSA is currently underdefined.

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • Low, M. & Mackay, A. (2016). The Late Pleistocene microlithic at Putslaagte 8 rockshelter in the Western Cape, South Africa. South African Archaeological Bulletin, 71 (204), 146-159.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/4593

Number Of Pages


  • 13

Start Page


  • 146

End Page


  • 159

Volume


  • 71

Issue


  • 204