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Title:The earliest human settlement in West Africa and the Sahara
Author:Allsworth-Jones, P.
Periodical:West African Journal of Archaeology
Geographic terms:West Africa
Subjects:human evolution
Abstract:The evidence for the period of earliest settlement in West Africa and the Sahara (the Early and Middle Stone Age, covering a period from 1.9 million to 40,000 years ago) is scanty when compared with that from other parts of the continent. This chapter highlights some of the main points of the evidence, proceeding in chronological fashion. The author examines findings from the Acheulean, defined broadly as a set of late Lower and Middle Pleistocene industries in which bifaces (hand axes and cleavers) form a well-developed part of the assemblage. The next archaeological entity conventionally recognized in West Africa is the Sangoan. Data on tools characteristic of the Sangoan and on Sangoan hominid remains are presented next. Within the context of the Middle Palaeolithic and Middle Stone Age, attention is paid, among other things, to evidence from the Aterian. Bibliogr.