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Die Toon: a Late Holocene site in the Richtersveld National Park, northern Cape

Lita Webley, Fiona Archer, J. Brink
Koedoe | Vol 36, No 2 | a370 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v36i2.370 | © 1993 Lita Webley, Fiona Archer, J. Brink | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 17 September 1993 | Published: 17 September 1993

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Lita Webley, Albany Museum, South Africa
Fiona Archer, Participatory Research, South Africa
J. Brink, National Museum, South Africa

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Abstract

A small excavation in the arid eastern portion of the Richtersveld National Park has produced evidence of hunter-gatherer occupation during the period ca. 3800 to 3100 years ago. These are the earliest Holocene deposits to have been excavated in Namaqualand. The occupation layers are very ephemeral but include microlithic stone tools and evidence for the hunting of small game. The possible presence of blesbok indicates more grassveld in the vicinity of the site than at present.

Keywords

archaeology. Late Stone Age, Richtersveld National Park, hunter-gatherers, blesbok.

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