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Sea, Slopes and Shelters: Archaeological Surveys along the Mediterranean Coast, west of the Melilla Peninsula (Morocco)

Abstract

Archaeological research along the coastline west of the Mellila peninsula has been undertaken by the University of Cologne in cooperation with the German Archaeological Institute and the Institut National des Sciences Arquéologique et Patrimoine (INSAP) since 2005. Fieldwork has focused on excavations in shelters west of the Oued Kert Delta, for example at Ifri Oudadane and Ifri Armas. In the course of our research we have engaged in questions relating to the archaeological background of these rich coastal sites. In the frame of this project two survey campaigns were conducted in 2010 and 2011. These explored the shelters and surroundings in the areas of Jebel Bou Salah and Jebel lahouta, between the Oued Kert Delta in the East and Ras Afrou in the West. Rock shelters were discovered in the entire area, though evidence for secure archaeological deposits is still lacking. Nevertheless, key factors crucial for local prehistoric occupation could be identified: the availability of water is only guaranteed by the Oued Kert itself as the sole perennial source in the area.

Bibliography

Linstädter, J., Blatt, M. (2013): Sea, Slopes and Shelters: Archaeological Surveys along the Mediterranean Coast, west of the Melilla Peninsula (Morocco). In: Pastoors, A., Aufferman, B. (eds.) Pleistocene foragers: Their culture and environment. Festschrift in honour of Gerd-Christian Weniger for his sixtiest birthday. Wissenschaftliche Schriften des Neanderthal Museums 6

Authors Linstädter, J. and Blatt, M.
Type book
Title Sea, Slopes and Shelters: Archaeological Surveys along the Mediterranean Coast, west of the Melilla Peninsula (Morocco)
Booktitle In: Pastoors, A., Aufferman, B. (eds.) Pleistocene foragers: Their culture and environment. Festschrift in honour of Gerd-Christian Weniger for his sixtiest birthday. Wissenschaftliche Schriften des Neanderthal Museums 6
Year 2013
Pages 27-32
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