Initial excavation and dating of Ngalue Cave: A Middle Stone Age site along the Niassa Rift, Mozambique




Direct evidence for a systematic occupation of the African tropics during the early late Pleistocene is lacking. Here, we report a record of human occupation between 105–42 ka, based on results from a radiometrically-dated cave section from the Mozambican segment of the Niassa (Malawi/Nyasa) Rift called Ngalue. The sedimentary sequence from bottom to top has five units. We concentrate on the socalled ‘‘Middle Beds,’’ which contain a Middle Stone Age industry characterized by the use of the discoidal reduction technique. A significant typological feature is the presence of formal types such as points, scrapers, awls, and microliths. Special objects consist of grinders/core-axes covered by ochre.


Journal of Human Evolution






- Niassa


- Inglês


- Nenhuma restrição


- Outra biodiversidade terrestre


- Artigo com revisão pelos pares e teses universitárias


- Diversidade biológica e cultural;
- Identificação, Monitoria, Indicadores e Avaliações


- Nenhuma / Não aplicável



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