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Title:Recent Research into Oldowan Hominin Activities at Kanjera South, Western Kenya
Authors:Bishop, L.C.ISNI
Plummer, T.W.
Ferraro, J.V.
Braun, D.
Ditchfield, P.W.
Hertel, F.
Kingston, J.D.
Hicks, J.
Potts, R.
Periodical:African Archaeological Review
Geographic term:Kenya
Stone Age
human evolution
Anthropology and Archaeology
External link:https://doi.org/10.1007/s10437-006-9006-1
Abstract:This paper presents the initial results of excavations at Kanjera South, located on the Homa Peninsula in Western Kenya. Since 1995, the authors' exploration of this locality has yielded a combination of artefacts and well-preserved faunal remains in a sedimentary context that also allows for environmental reconstruction. Here they examine the history of exploration of Kanjera and its significance in the development of palaeoanthropological research in East Africa. They also summarize their findings from the recently discovered Oldowan site. Taphonomic analyses suggest that the archaeological layers were formed at least partially by hominin activity. Artefacts made from a wide variety of raw materials are abundant, as are animal bones. Results of their first analyses confirm that Oldowan hominins had considerable behavioural flexibility and occupied a range of habitats. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]