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Neolithic transition and lithic technology: The Epipalaeolithic and Early Neolithic assemblages of Ifri Oudadane, NE-Morocco

Abstract

Ifri Oudadane represents one of the few recently excavated sites in NW-Africa which permits a study of the Neolithic transition. The site is dated by 23 radiocarbon ages suggesting an occupation between 11.0 and 5.7 ka calBP.
The well-documented Neolithic transition occurred at about 7.6 ka calBP. This transition is marked by the appearance of pottery, cereals and legumes. Furthermore, geochemistry and micromorphology indicate several changes in the
sedimentation milieu. One of the most interesting aspects of Neolithisation is the question of the continuity or discontinuity of this process. Does the transition to food production appear as part of a migration process or did local forager groups promote this develop-ment? Lithic material offers, as it appears through all periods, the best opportunity to study these developments. This paper presents an unchanging lithic industry across the Neolithisation regarding blank production, raw material supply, as well as tool composition. These results indicate an active role of local hunter-gatherers, and has therefore significant impact on the understanding of the Neolithisation process within the Western Mediterranean as a whole.

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Linstädter, J., Wagner, G., Broich, M., Gibaja Bao, J., Rodríguez Rodríguez, A. (2015): Neolithic transition and lithic technology: The Epipalaeolithic and Early Neolithic assemblages of Ifri Oudadane, NE-Morocco. – In: Quartär, Vol. 62, p: 155-184, DOI: doi: 10.7485/QU62_7

Authors Linstädter, J. and Wagner, G. and Broich, M. and Gibaja Bao, J.F. and Rodríguez Rodríguez, A. del Carmen
Type article
Title Neolithic transition and lithic technology: The Epipalaeolithic and Early Neolithic assemblages of Ifri Oudadane, NE-Morocco
DOI doi: 10.7485/QU62_7
Journal Quartär
Year 2015
Volume 62
Pages 155-184
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