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The role of shellfish and tortoise subsistence at Klipdrift Cave
University of the Witwatersrand
I present the results of shellfish and tortoise analyses from Klipdrift Cave (KDC), a newly excavated site in the De Hoop Nature Reserve, southern Cape, South Africa. The excavated layers at KDC fall within the Oakhurst Industry, dating to between 11.8 and 9.7 ka. Shellfish were identified to species level and quantified in terms of the Minimum Number of Individuals (MNI) and weight. The species composition at KDC reflects changing environmental conditions that may relate to the effect of the Younger Dryas event, changing from a sheltered sandy bay to a habitat with more exposed rocks and less sand after 11 ka. T. sarmaticus opercula, Cymbula oculus shells and tortoise medio-lateral humeri were measured to investigate whether human predation pressure could have affected the growth patterns through time. The tortoise sizes at KDC, and some other Oakhurst sites, are similar to that of the MSA and the data is inconclusive on whether intensive harvesting was involved in collecting this fauna.
Department of Anthropology and Archaeology
Wednesday 27th Aug 2014,
14:00pm in HB 8-18
Reconstructing the environment of the earliest African hominid. Soils, trees, grasses, carbon isotopes and Ardipithecus
Stanley H. Ambrose
Department of Anthropology
University of Illinois
Did our earliest hominid ancestor begin to walk on two legs in forests, woodlands or grasslands? A new model of the relationship of the carbon isotope ratios of soil to the proportions of tree versus C4 grass cover in tropical savannas produces results consistent with a model of bipedal origins in grassy savannas. However, this model was developed using data mainly from floral habitats on infertile sandy soils, and may be irrelevant for fossil sites in regions with fertile soils.
Details: 25 July at 11 am in the seminar room of the Plant Science Complex (University of Pretoria)
An overview of archaeological investigations in Antsaragnasoa Bay, southwest Madagascar
Kristina Guild from Yale University will be giving a talk on her work in Antsaragnasoa Bay in southwest Madagascar.
This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the Archaeology of Madagascar.
Date: Monday 9 September 2013
Place: Seminar room (HSB 8-18), Humanities Building, University of Pretoria
Time: 12:30 – 13:30
See you there!
Professor Revil Mason Seminar
Dr. Ndlovu introducing Prof. Mason
Yesterday Professor Revil Mason gave a seminar on southern African Archaeology to the students, staff and guests of the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology of the University of Pretoria. The lecture was educational and it was fascinating to hear first hand accounts of now famous excavations in southern Africa. Professor Mason showed a series of images and explained each one in conjunction with interesting facts and some background information.
To thank Professor Mason for sharing his wealth of knowledge with the students, Kefilwe Rammutloa, the chairperson of the University of Pretoria Archaeological Society for students (UPAS), presented Professor Mason with a token of their appreciation.
The seminar was a very successful learning experience for all.
Professor Revil Mason Seminar
The Department of Anthropology and Archaeology in conjunction with the University of Pretoria Archaeological Society for students (UPAS) brings you:
Southern African Archaeology then and now
Professor Revil Mason, formerly with the University of the Witwatersrand (1953-1989), is a well know and highly accomplished South African born archaeologist. He studied archaeology at the University of Cape Town under Professor John Goodwin, South Africa’s first professional archaeologist. Professor Mason was employed by Mr van Riet Lowe in 1953 to excavate Cave of Hearths, and this was the beginning of a long and highly successful career in archaeology.
Professor Mason will be giving a lecture on southern African archaeology, particularly focusing on his early and current work on Sotho-Tswana archaeology. Through the experience of this pioneer, the lecture will take you on a journey on how far southern African archaeology has come.
Date: Thursday, 14 August 2013
Venue: Humanities Building (HSB 8/18), University of Pretoria, Hatfield Campus, Lynnwood Road, Pretoria
Hope to see you all there!