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TWILIGHT OF THE MICROLITH IN THE LATE EPIPALAEOLITHIC OF NORTH EAST AFRICA? LOCALITY 268 IN DAKHLEH OASIS, EGYPT

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Location 268 in Dakhleh Oasis, Egypt, is an anomaly within the Epipalaeolithic of North Africa. Instead of the characteristic microlith, a small element usually modified for hafting in a composite tool, it yields tools made almost exclusively on large blanks, many of them heavily modified for hafting. Relative dating evidence suggests that Loc. 268 was occupied late in the Epipalaeolithic, when groups elsewhere in the region were gradually phasing out the microlith. The focus on large hafted tools at Loc. 268 may reflect the need of collectors for a reliable toolkit to counter the risks entailed in opting for greater sedentism within an unusually rich, well-watered niche.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Archaeology University of Calgary 2500 University Drive N.W. mmcdona@ucalgary.ca

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2018-06-19

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