Beyond the drip-line: a high-resolution open-air Holocene hunter-gatherer sequence from highland Lesotho

Mitchell, Peter; Plug, Ina; Bailey, Geoff; Charles, Ruth; Esterhuysen, Amanda; Thorp, Julia Lee; Parker, Adrian; Woodborne, Stephan
December 2011
Antiquity;Dec2011, Vol. 85 Issue 330, p1225
Academic Journal
The activities of hunter-gatherers are often captured in rockshelters, but here the authors present a study of a riverside settlement outside one, with a rich sequence from 1300 BC to AD 800. Thanks to frequent flooding, periods of occupation were sealed and could be examined in situ. The phytolith and faunal record, especially fish, chronicle changing climate and patterns of subsistence, emphasising that the story here" is no predictable one-way journey from hunter-gatherer to farmer. Right up to the period of the famous nineteenth-century rock paintings in the surrounding Maloti-Drakensberg region, adaptation was dynamic and historically contingent.


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