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At Olduvai Gorge in northern Tanzania, natural erosion exposed a series of superimposed geological beds containing rich artifacts and fossil assemblages spanning the past 1.8 million years. The site is famous as a result of excavations conducted there since 1951 under the direction of Mary Leakey and her husband, the late Louis Leakey. This book records the archaeological finds in the upper part of the Olduvai Gorge sequence, covering the period 1.2 to 0.4 million years ago, and includes artifacts and faunal remains excavated from sites in Beds III, IV and the Masek Beds.Read more
- Olduvai Gorge is acknowledged to be one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world, producing the earliest example of 'Homo' in a firmly dated context
- The Leakeys are probably the two most famous names associated with prehistoric archaeology
- Eagerly awaited final volume of a highly respected series
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"...an indispensable record of the later part of the earlier Paleolithic at Olduvai Gorge....It contains the essential data from which theoretical constructs can begin to be attempted....an essential reference work for all who wish to understand the Lower Paleolithic." J. Desmond Clark, American AnthropologistSee more reviews
"There is no question that this is an important volume and one that was put together with a great deal of care. The basic data that are supplied here in such detail fill an important void in our understanding of the Olduvai sequence and it will undoubtedly be put to good use to further our understanding of this remote period." Murray C. McClellan, Journal of Field Archaeology
"...Mary Leakey should be congratulated for creating a way to study and to describe it to the general archaeological community." Pamela R. Willoughby, Canadian Jrnl of Archaeology
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- Date Published: June 2009
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521105200
- length: 368 pages
- dimensions: 279 x 19 x 210 mm
- weight: 0.83kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
List of figures
List of tables
List of plates
List of abbreviations
1. Geology and dating of Beds III, IV and the Masek Beds R. L. Hay
2. Bed III, J. K. (Juma's Korongo) Mary Leakey
3. The base of Bed IV, WK Hippo Cliff, PDK Trench IV, WK the Lower Channel Mary Leakey
4. Lower Bed IV. HEB East, HEB and HEB West, WK Intermediate Channel Mary Leakey
5. Upper Bed IV. WK, Upper Channel, WK East A and C, PDK Trenches I-III, HEB West Level I Mary Leakey
6. The Masek Beds and Sites in uncertain context Mary Leakey
7. The Fauna Mary Leakey
8. A metrical analysis of selected sets of handaxes and cleavers from Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania D. A. Roe
9. The Olduvai bifaces: technology and raw materials P. Callow
10. Results of experimental work in relation to the Stone Industries of Olduvai Gorge P. R. Jones
Sumary and overview D. A. Roe
Appendix A. Modified bones from Beds III and IV
Appendix B. Mapping of an archaeological site at Olduvai Gorge Celia K. Nyamweru
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