U–Pb Dating Small Buried Stalagmites from Wonderwerk Cave, South Africa: a New Chronometer for Earlier Stone Age Cave Deposits

  title={U–Pb Dating Small Buried Stalagmites from Wonderwerk Cave, South Africa: a New Chronometer for Earlier Stone Age Cave Deposits},
  author={Robyn Pickering},
  journal={African Archaeological Review},
  • R. Pickering
  • Published 17 November 2015
  • Geology
  • African Archaeological Review
Wonderwerk Cave, in the Northern Cape, South Africa, contains a long and much studied sequence of archaeological sediments and stone tool industries and is particularly known for its Earlier Stone Age (ESA) deposits. The paucity of well-dated ESA sites in South Africa, as well as question of the Fauresmith, seen as a transitional industry between the ESA and Middle Stone Age, make Wonderwerk Cave an important site. Uranium–lead (U–Pb) dating of speleothems is a relatively new chronometer, and… 
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