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Title:Patterning in Recent Radiocarbon Dates from Southern Africa as a Reflection of Prehistoric Settlement and Interaction
Authors:Parkington, John E.
Hall, MartinISNI
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Geographic term:Southern Africa
Subjects:radiocarbon dating
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
Anthropology and Archaeology
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/181446
Abstract:Radiocarbon dates published by southern African archaeologists since the last review in this journal (in 1980) illustrate an increasingly complex record of population movement and interaction in those parts of southern Africa south of the Kunene, Okavango and Zambezi rivers. Substantial gaps in the distributions of dates reflect the ebb and flow of people in response to changing environmental and social circumstances. More interesting is the range of intergroup relations now emerging from the last two millennia with the appearance of pastoralists and agriculturalists. Radiocarbon dates, taken along with spatial and formal patterns in the archaeological record, show clearly that the distributions between hunters, herders and farmers, and between Stone Age and Iron Age communities were blurred and flexible. App. (list of dates by laboratory and site names), notes, ref.