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New age constraints on the Middle Stone Age occupations of Kharga Oasis, Western Desert, Egypt
 

Summary: New age constraints on the Middle Stone Age occupations
of Kharga Oasis, Western Desert, Egypt
Jennifer R. Smith a,*, Alicia L. Hawkins b
, Yemane Asmerom c
, Victor Polyak c
,
Robert Giegengack d
a
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Washington University, Campus Box 1169, 1 Brookings Dr., St. Louis, MO 63130, USA
b
Anthropology Department, Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON P3E 2C6, Canada
c
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of New Mexico, 200 Yale Blvd., NE, Albuquerque, NM 87131, USA
d
Department of Earth and Environmental Science, University of Pennsylvania, 240 S. 33rd St., Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
Received 31 May 2006; accepted 17 January 2007
Abstract
Spring-deposited carbonate rocks, or tufas, exposed along the flanks of the Libyan Plateau near Kharga Oasis, Western Desert, Egypt, can
provide a directly datable stratigraphic context for Middle Stone Age/Middle Paleolithic (MSA/MP) archaeological material, if such material can
be found in situ within tufa strata. Two such localities (Mata'na Site G and Bulaq Wadi 3 Locus 1) described by Caton-Thompson were revisited

  

Source: Asmerom, Yemane - Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of New Mexico

 

Collections: Geosciences