Putting ochre to the test: replication studies of adhesives that may have been used for hafting tools in the Middle Stone Age.

@article{Wadley2005PuttingOT,
  title={Putting ochre to the test: replication studies of adhesives that may have been used for hafting tools in the Middle Stone Age.},
  author={Lyn Wadley},
  journal={Journal of human evolution},
  year={2005},
  volume={49 5},
  pages={
          587-601
        }
}
  • Lyn Wadley
  • Published 2005 in Journal of human evolution
Substantial frequencies of Middle Stone Age (MSA) lithics from Rose Cottage and Sibudu Caves in South Africa have red ochre on their proximal and medial portions. Residue studies suggest that the tools were hafted and that the ochre may be part of the adhesive used for hafting the tools. Replication studies show that ochre is indeed a useful loading agent for adhesive; however, there are other potential loading agents. It is also possible to use unloaded plant resin, but this agent is brittle… CONTINUE READING
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