Sodmein Cave - First Field Report - Season 2010


“Sodmein Cave” is a joint research project between the Universities of Leuven
(Belgium) and Cologne (Germany). The archaeological research in the area is part of
the Collaborative Research Centre 806 established by the Deutsche
Forschungsgemeinschaft (Research Funding Organisation) in 2009. Central topics of
this long‐term project are the culture‐environment interaction and the human
mobility in the Late Quarternary. The approach described below is part of subproject
A1, dealing with “ Late Pleistocene Rockshelter Stratigraphies and Palaeo‐
Environments in Northeast Africa”. Field research with a combination of
geoscientific and archaeological methods is conducted in Egypt as well as in Ethiopa.
Although Sodmein Cave was discovered about 30 years ago by M. Prickett (Prickett
1979), systematic research started during the 1990’s by the Belgian Middle Egypt
Prehistoric Project (BMEPP) of the Leuven University (e.g. Moeyersons et al. 2002,
Vermeersch 1994, Van Peer et al. 1996). With this archaeological field season in 2010
the research in Sodmein Cave was resumed as a joint project of the universities
Leuven and Cologne. After the resolution of some administrative problems with
regard to the military permit, the fieldwork took place from November 24 to
December 6, 2010. The main objectives of the season have been to
- establish the formation history of the cave,
- restore and to restudy the old profiles, and
- extend the former excavations.


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van Peer, P., Kindermann, K. (2010): Sodmein Cave - First Field Report - Season 2010. University Leuven and University of Cologne

Authors Van Peer, Philip and Kindermann, Karin
Type techreport
Title Sodmein Cave - First Field Report - Season 2010
Year 2010
Pages 11
Organization University Leuven and University of Cologne
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