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Living at the lakeshore. Early Nubian Complex site associated with a lacustrine environment

Abstract

By analysing satellite images of the area around Sodmein Cave numerous well-preserved surface remnants (terraces) could be documented. Surveys on these old terraces, showing mainly a dark desert pavement, yielded preferentially Pleistocene artefact concentrations. Hence, it became clear that these terraces represent parts of the former Pleistocene surface of the area. During surveying activities on such terraces a new archaeological site – preliminary named as “Sodmein Playa” 14/01 – was discovered around 3 km south-west of Sodmein Cave. On the surface a concentration of Middle Stone Age (MSA) artefacts, which seem to weather out of the sediments was observed. It was immediately clear that it did not occur in association with the gravel terraces but indicate a different geomorphological context. The artefacts did not exhibit the typical desert varnish of the terrace surfaces and they occurred at the surface of a sandy plain, seemingly lacustrine sediments (playa).

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Kindermann, K., van Peer, P., Henselowsky, F., Bubenzer, O. (2016): Living at the lakeshore. Early Nubian Complex site associated with a lacustrine environment. CRC806-Database, DOI: 10.5880/SFB806.25

Authors Kindermann, Karin and van Peer, Philip and Henselowsky, Felix and Bubenzer, Olaf
Type poster
Title Living at the lakeshore. Early Nubian Complex site associated with a lacustrine environment
DOI 10.5880/SFB806.25
Year 2016
Publisher CRC806-Database
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