Barbed Bone Points: Tradition and Continuity in Saharan and Sub-Saharan Africa

  title={Barbed Bone Points: Tradition and Continuity in Saharan and Sub-Saharan Africa},
  author={J. E. Yellen},
  journal={African Archaeological Review},
  • J. Yellen
  • Published 1998
  • Geology
  • African Archaeological Review
Examination of African barbed bone points recovered from Holocene sites provides a context to interpret three Late Pleistocene occurrences from Katanda and Ishango, Zaire, and White Paintings Shelter, Botswana. In sites dated to ca. 10,000 BP and younger, such artifacts are found widely distributed across the Sahara Desert, the Sahel, the Nile, and the East African Lakes. They are present in both ceramic and aceramic contexts, sometimes associated with domesticates. The almost-universal… Expand
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