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Exploring knowledge-transfer systems during the Still Bay at 80-70 thousand years ago in southern Africa
Marlize Lombard  1@  , Anders Högberg  2, *@  
1 : University of Johannesburg  (UJ)  -  Site web
PO Box 524 Auckland Park -  Afrique du Sud
2 : Linnaeus University [Kalmar]  (lnu)  -  Site web
391 82 Kalmar351 95 Växjö -  Suède
* : Auteur correspondant

The Middle Stone Age of southern Africa dates roughly to between 300 000 and 30 000 ago, and is renowned for genetic, fossil and archaeological evidence that attests to the biological and cultural evolution of early modern humans in the region. The Still Bay technocomplex and its associated behaviours, dating to between roughly 80-70 thousand years ago, play a major part in this discussion. Here we present directly comparable morphometric data and our interpretation of point-production strategies for the Still Bay point assemblages from Hollow Rock Shelter (Western Cape, South Africa), Umhlatuzana and Sibudu (KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa), and Apollo 11 (Namibia). We demonstrate that while there are no statistically significant differences in the morphometric data sets between the sites, there are subtle similarities and differences in point-production strategies and the use of raw materials for knapping. We suggest that these similarities and variations represent aspects of how knowledge-transfer systems and knapping conventions were followed on both intra- and inter-regional scales.

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