Sodmein Cave can be interpreted as one of the rare living sites in the time frame between 120 ka and 7 ka before today in northeast Africa. Nowadays, a hyperarid climate is dominant in the area, but the excavated sequence - with more than 4 m of stratified occupation debris of mainly Middle Stone Age (MSA) deposits - indicate for the Pleistocene regional wetter conditions.Main objective of the PhD is to understand the site formation and sediment accumulation within the cave and to derive environmental changes outside the cave from these results. Altogether, with geomorphological investigation of different archives in the area around Sodmein Cave, we get an idea of the palaeoenvironment and landscape evolution during the last 120 ka. One focus of research is directed to old wadi terraces with strongly developed desert pavement formation and MSA artefact concentrations, which are most likely in-situ located. With attention of the archaeological results, the PhD will present a integrated geoarchaeological work and a better understanding of the palaeoenvironment and landscape evolution in the Egyptian Eastern desert.
Henselowsky, F., Kindermann, K., Kehl, M., van Peer, P., Saadallah, A., Bubenzer, O. (2015): Geoarchaeological Research in the Egpytian Eastern Desert. Uniqie Cave Sediments of the Archaeological Site Sodmein Cave, Landscape Evolution and Palaeoenvironment in a Hyperarid Area. CRC806-Database, DOI: 10.5880/SFB806.23
|Authors||Henselowsky, Felix and Kindermann, Karin and Kehl, Martin and van Peer, Philip and Saadallah, Ahmed and Bubenzer, Olaf|
|Title||Geoarchaeological Research in the Egpytian Eastern Desert. Uniqie Cave Sediments of the Archaeological Site Sodmein Cave, Landscape Evolution and Palaeoenvironment in a Hyperarid Area|