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Title:The Bab al Mandab versus the Nile-Levant: An Appraisal of the Two Dispersal Routes for Early Modern Humans Out of Africa
Author:Beyin, Amanuel
Periodical:African Archaeological Review
Geographic terms:Northeast Africa
Middle East
Subjects:archaeological artefacts
human evolution
Stone Age
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
Anthropology and Archaeology
External link:https://doi.org/10.1007/s10437-006-9005-2
Abstract:There is a growing convergence of palaeontological, archaeological and genetic evidence for the African origin of modern humans and their successive dispersals. However, there is disagreement about the route or routes taken by early humans during their migration out of Africa. This article examines the Middle Paleolithic/Middle Stone Age archaeological evidence from the Horn of Africa, the Nile Valley/eastern Sahara, the Arabian Peninsula and the Levant, and assesses their relevance to this question. Specific reduction techniques and typological variables are used to compare industries across these regions. This study shows that there are more evident technological and typological similarities among assemblages from the Horn, the Nile Valley and Arabia than between any of these regions and the Levant. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]