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Progress In Optical Dating Of Guano-Rich Sediments Associated With The Deep Skull, West Mouth Of The Great Cave Of Niah, Sarawak, Borneo, Mark Stephens, Richard Roberts, O Lian, Hiroyuki Yoshida Mar 2013

Progress In Optical Dating Of Guano-Rich Sediments Associated With The Deep Skull, West Mouth Of The Great Cave Of Niah, Sarawak, Borneo, Mark Stephens, Richard Roberts, O Lian, Hiroyuki Yoshida

Richard G Roberts

The West Mouth of the Great Cave of Niah is one of the major archaeological sites in Southeast Asia; the radiocarbon chronology of this site currently places the earliest presence of Homo sapiens (a Deep Skull find) in Southeast Asia at about 45 ka BP. An optical dating programme using sand-sized quartz was initiated in the West Mouth to complement the radiocarbon chronology. This paper reports on the progress in dating a key sample (sample 376r) that was taken from deposits containing the Deep Skull. A somewhat novel procedure was developed to separate and clean quartz grains from the unusual ...


Further Evidence For Small-Bodied Hominins From The Late Pleistocene Of Flores Indonesia, Michael Morwood, P. Brown, Jatmiko, T. Sutikna, E.W. Saptomo, Kira Westaway, R. A. Due, Richard Roberts, T Maeda, S Wasisto, T Djubiantono Mar 2013

Further Evidence For Small-Bodied Hominins From The Late Pleistocene Of Flores Indonesia, Michael Morwood, P. Brown, Jatmiko, T. Sutikna, E.W. Saptomo, Kira Westaway, R. A. Due, Richard Roberts, T Maeda, S Wasisto, T Djubiantono

Richard G Roberts

Homo floresiensis was recovered from Late Pleistocene deposits on the island of Flores in eastern Indonesia, but has the stature, limb proportions and endocranial volume of African Pliocene Australopithecus 1. The holotype of the species (LB1), excavated in 2003 from Liang Bua, consisted of a partial skeleton minus the arms. Here we describe additional H. floresiensis remains excavated from the cave in 2004. These include arm bones belonging to the holotype skeleton, a second adult mandible, and postcranial material from other individuals. We can now reconstruct the body proportions of H. floresiensis with some certainty. The finds further demonstrate that ...


Sediment Mixing At Nonda Rock: Investigations Of Stratigraphic Integrity At An Early Archaeological Site In Northern Australia And Implications For The Human Colonisation Of The Continent, Richard Roberts, C White, L K Fifield, Christian Turney, M Bird, John Tibby, Bruno David, John Magee, Jerome Mialanes Mar 2013

Sediment Mixing At Nonda Rock: Investigations Of Stratigraphic Integrity At An Early Archaeological Site In Northern Australia And Implications For The Human Colonisation Of The Continent, Richard Roberts, C White, L K Fifield, Christian Turney, M Bird, John Tibby, Bruno David, John Magee, Jerome Mialanes

Richard G Roberts

No abstract provided.


Holocene Palaeofire Records In A High-Level, Proximal Valley-Fill (Wilson Bog), Mount Lofty Ranges, South Australia, Solomon Buckman, Katherine Brownlie, Robert Bourman, C. Murray-Wallace, Rowena Morris, Terry Lachlan, Richard Roberts, Lee Arnold, J. Cann Mar 2013

Holocene Palaeofire Records In A High-Level, Proximal Valley-Fill (Wilson Bog), Mount Lofty Ranges, South Australia, Solomon Buckman, Katherine Brownlie, Robert Bourman, C. Murray-Wallace, Rowena Morris, Terry Lachlan, Richard Roberts, Lee Arnold, J. Cann

Richard G Roberts

No abstract provided.


Times Of Sand: Sedimentary History And Archaeology At The Sigatoka Dunes, Fiji, Richard Roberts, Geoffrey Hope, Antoine De Biran, Patrick Nunn, Atholl Anderson, William Dickinson, David Burley, Geoffrey Clark Mar 2013

Times Of Sand: Sedimentary History And Archaeology At The Sigatoka Dunes, Fiji, Richard Roberts, Geoffrey Hope, Antoine De Biran, Patrick Nunn, Atholl Anderson, William Dickinson, David Burley, Geoffrey Clark

Richard G Roberts

No abstract provided.


Equivalent Dose Distributions From Single Grains Of Quartz At Sibudu, South Africa: Context, Causes And Consequences For Optical Dating Of Archaeological Deposits, Richard Roberts, Zenobia Jacobs, Geoffrey Duller, Ann Wintle Mar 2013

Equivalent Dose Distributions From Single Grains Of Quartz At Sibudu, South Africa: Context, Causes And Consequences For Optical Dating Of Archaeological Deposits, Richard Roberts, Zenobia Jacobs, Geoffrey Duller, Ann Wintle

Richard G Roberts

No abstract provided.


Mammalian Responses To Pleistocene Climate Change In Southeastern Australia, Richard Roberts, Jonathon Olley, John Hellstrom, Dirk Megirian, Gavin Prideaux, Kira Westaway Mar 2013

Mammalian Responses To Pleistocene Climate Change In Southeastern Australia, Richard Roberts, Jonathon Olley, John Hellstrom, Dirk Megirian, Gavin Prideaux, Kira Westaway

Richard G Roberts

No abstract provided.


Optically Stimulated Luminescence (Osl) Dating Of Perenially Frozen Deposits In North-Central Siberia: Osl Characteristics Of Quartz Grains And Methodological Considerations Regarding Their Suitability For Dating, Lee Arnold, Richard Roberts Mar 2013

Optically Stimulated Luminescence (Osl) Dating Of Perenially Frozen Deposits In North-Central Siberia: Osl Characteristics Of Quartz Grains And Methodological Considerations Regarding Their Suitability For Dating, Lee Arnold, Richard Roberts

Richard G Roberts

Optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating of coarse-grained quartz is increasingly being used as the main chronological tool in late Quaternary palaeoenvironmental reconstructions of Siberia. However, relatively little information has been published on the suitability of OSL dating for the various types of perennially frozen sediments found in this region. Here we provide a systematic examination of the quartz luminescence characteristics of 21 perennially frozen samples from the Taimyr Peninsula and adjacent coastal lowlands of north-central Siberia, and discuss their implications for the reliability of single-grain and multi-grain OSL chronologies in such contexts. The results of this study suggest that the ...


Late-Surviving Megafauna In Tasmania Australia, Implicate Human Involvement In Their Extinction, Christian Turney, T Flannery, Richard Roberts, Craig Reid, Keith Fifield, T Higham, Zenobia Jacobs, Noel Kemp, Eric Colhoun, R.M. Kalin Mar 2013

Late-Surviving Megafauna In Tasmania Australia, Implicate Human Involvement In Their Extinction, Christian Turney, T Flannery, Richard Roberts, Craig Reid, Keith Fifield, T Higham, Zenobia Jacobs, Noel Kemp, Eric Colhoun, R.M. Kalin

Richard G Roberts

Establishing the cause of past extinctions is critical if we are to understand better what might trigger future occurrences and how to prevent them. The mechanisms of continental late Pleistocene megafaunal extinction, however, are still fiercely contested. Potential factors contributing to their demise include climatic change, human impact, or some combination. On the Australian mainland, 90% of the megafauna became extinct by ≈46 thousand years (ka) ago, soon after the first archaeological evidence for human colonization of the continent. Yet, on the neighboring island of Tasmania (which was connected to the mainland when sea levels were lower), megafaunal extinction appears ...


Evolutionary Anthropology - Homo 'Incendius', Richard Roberts, Michael Bird Mar 2013

Evolutionary Anthropology - Homo 'Incendius', Richard Roberts, Michael Bird

Richard G Roberts

Humans have long been captivated by the flickering flames of the campfire. But when did our ancestors first master the use of fire, and which ancient human species was the first to do so? In Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Berna and colleagues1 report that they have found fragments of burnt bone and ashed plants in one-million-year-old sediments at Wonderwerk Cave, Northern Cape province, South Africa. This evidence of fire occurs in the same sedimentary layers as Acheulian stone tools, usually considered the handiwork of Homo erectus. Their discovery more than doubles the accepted antiquity of the habitual ...


The Cyrenaican Prehistory Project 2008: The Second Season Of Investigations Of The Haua Fteah Cave And Its Landscape, And Further Results From The Initial (2007) Fieldwork, Richard Roberts, Zenobia Jacobs, Johnny Morales, M. Morley, R. Grun, L Farr, C Hunt, G Barker, R Rabett, T Reynolds, Victoria Leitch, Robyn Inglis, Roisin Hamilton, John Davison, Hwedi El-Rishi, Alex Pryor, David Simpson, Marijke Van Der Veen, Chris Stimpson, Steven Pawley, Mohammed Touati, Caroline Cartwright, Franca Cole, Iain Morley, Lucilla Burn, Ian Brooks, Laura Basell Mar 2013

The Cyrenaican Prehistory Project 2008: The Second Season Of Investigations Of The Haua Fteah Cave And Its Landscape, And Further Results From The Initial (2007) Fieldwork, Richard Roberts, Zenobia Jacobs, Johnny Morales, M. Morley, R. Grun, L Farr, C Hunt, G Barker, R Rabett, T Reynolds, Victoria Leitch, Robyn Inglis, Roisin Hamilton, John Davison, Hwedi El-Rishi, Alex Pryor, David Simpson, Marijke Van Der Veen, Chris Stimpson, Steven Pawley, Mohammed Touati, Caroline Cartwright, Franca Cole, Iain Morley, Lucilla Burn, Ian Brooks, Laura Basell

Richard G Roberts

No abstract provided.


New Excavations Of Middle Stone Age Deposits At Apollo 11 Rockshelter, Namibia: Stratigraphy, Archaeology, Chronology And Past Environments, Ralf Vogelsang, Jurgen Richter, Zenobia Jacobs, Barbara Eichhorn, Veerle Linseele, Richard Roberts Mar 2013

New Excavations Of Middle Stone Age Deposits At Apollo 11 Rockshelter, Namibia: Stratigraphy, Archaeology, Chronology And Past Environments, Ralf Vogelsang, Jurgen Richter, Zenobia Jacobs, Barbara Eichhorn, Veerle Linseele, Richard Roberts

Richard G Roberts

This paper presents new information obtained from a recent excavation and reassessment of the stratigraphy, chronology, archaeological assemblages and environmental context of the Apollo 11 rockshelter, which contains the longest late Pleistocene and Holocene archaeological sequence in Namibia. The Middle Stone Age (MSA) industries represented at the site include an early MSA, Still Bay, Howieson's Poort and late MSA. Optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating of individual quartz grains yielded numerical ages for the Still Bay and Howieson's Poort, and indicated the presence of a post-Howieson's Poort phase. OSL dating also verified conventional and accelerator mass spectrometry radiocarbon ...


Were Environmental Or Demographic Factors The Driving Force Behind Middle Stone Age Innovations In Southern Africa?, Zenobia Jacobs, Richard G. Roberts Mar 2013

Were Environmental Or Demographic Factors The Driving Force Behind Middle Stone Age Innovations In Southern Africa?, Zenobia Jacobs, Richard G. Roberts

Richard G Roberts

Sir—Past human responses to environmental changes have long interested archaeologists. During the last glacial cycle, southern Africa experienced marked climatic fluctuations, as recorded in ice-core records from West and East Antarctica.


Single-Grain Osl Dating Of Glaciofluvial Quartz Constrains Reid Glaciation In Nw Canada To Mis 6, Martina Demuro, D Froese, Lee Arnold, Richard Roberts Mar 2013

Single-Grain Osl Dating Of Glaciofluvial Quartz Constrains Reid Glaciation In Nw Canada To Mis 6, Martina Demuro, D Froese, Lee Arnold, Richard Roberts

Richard G Roberts

Improved chronological control on the penultimate advance of the Cordilleran Ice Sheet in northwest Canada (the Reid glaciation) is required for a better understanding of late Quaternary palaeoclimatic and palaeoenvironmental change in eastern Beringia. However, reliable dating of glaciation events beyond the last glacial maximum is commonly hindered by a lack of directly dateable material. In this study we (i) provide the first combined minimum and maximum age constraint on the Reid glaciation at Ash Bend, its reference locale in the Stewart River valley, northwestern Canadian Cordillera, using single-grain optically stimulated luminescence dating of quartz; and (ii) compare the timing ...


Optical Dating Of Perennially Frozen Deposits Associated With Preserved Ancient Plant And Animal Dna In North-Central Siberia, Richard Roberts, Lee Arnold, F Brock, E Willerslev, A Tikhonov, R Macphee Mar 2013

Optical Dating Of Perennially Frozen Deposits Associated With Preserved Ancient Plant And Animal Dna In North-Central Siberia, Richard Roberts, Lee Arnold, F Brock, E Willerslev, A Tikhonov, R Macphee

Richard G Roberts

No abstract provided.


Ancient Dna Reveals Late Survival Of Mammoth And Horse In Interior Alaska, James Haile, D. Froese, R. Macphee, Richard Roberts, Lee Arnold, Alberto Reyes, Morten Rasmussen, Rasmus Nielsen, Barry Brook, Simon Robinson, Martina Demuro, M. Gilbert, Kasper Munch, Jeremy Austin, Alan Cooper, Ian Barnes, Per Moller, E. Willerslev Mar 2013

Ancient Dna Reveals Late Survival Of Mammoth And Horse In Interior Alaska, James Haile, D. Froese, R. Macphee, Richard Roberts, Lee Arnold, Alberto Reyes, Morten Rasmussen, Rasmus Nielsen, Barry Brook, Simon Robinson, Martina Demuro, M. Gilbert, Kasper Munch, Jeremy Austin, Alan Cooper, Ian Barnes, Per Moller, E. Willerslev

Richard G Roberts

No abstract provided.


Astronomically Calibrated 40ar/39ar Age For The Toba Supereruption And Global Synchronization Of Late Quaternary Records, Michael Storey, Richard Roberts, Mokhtar Saidin Mar 2013

Astronomically Calibrated 40ar/39ar Age For The Toba Supereruption And Global Synchronization Of Late Quaternary Records, Michael Storey, Richard Roberts, Mokhtar Saidin

Richard G Roberts

The Toba supereruption in Sumatra, ∼74 thousand years (ka) ago, was the largest terrestrial volcanic event of the Quaternary. Ash and sulfate aerosols were deposited in both hemispheres, forming a time-marker horizon that can be used to synchronize late Quaternary records globally. A precise numerical age for this event has proved elusive, with dating uncertainties larger than the millennial-scale climate cycles that characterized this period. We report an astronomically calibrated (40)Ar/(39)Ar age of 73.88 ± 0.32 ka (1σ, full external errors) for sanidine crystals extracted from Toba deposits in the Lenggong Valley, Malaysia, 350 km from ...


Development Of The Sar Tt-Osl Procedure For Dating Middle Pleistocene Dune And Shallow Marine Deposits Along The Southern Cape Coast Of South Africa, Zenobia Jacobs, Richard Roberts, Terry Lachlan, Panagiotis Karkanas, Curtis Marean, David Roberts Mar 2013

Development Of The Sar Tt-Osl Procedure For Dating Middle Pleistocene Dune And Shallow Marine Deposits Along The Southern Cape Coast Of South Africa, Zenobia Jacobs, Richard Roberts, Terry Lachlan, Panagiotis Karkanas, Curtis Marean, David Roberts

Richard G Roberts

Optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating is now commonly used to estimate the depositional age of Quaternary landforms along the southern Cape coast of South Africa. Due to the early onset of dose saturation in the quartz-rich sediments from this region, determining the age of deposits much older than the last three glacio-eustatic sea-level high stands has been a challenge. In this study, we explored the feasibility of using the thermally-transferred OSL (TT-OSL) dating method to obtain ages for aeolian and shallow marine deposits at three different localities that hold promise to further illuminate the long and complex Late Quaternary sea-level ...


Ages For The Middle Stone Age Of Southern Africa: Implications For Human Behavior And Dispersal, Zenobia Jacobs, Richard Roberts, Rex Galbraith, Hilary Deacon, Rainer Grun, Alex Mackay, Peter Mitchell, Ralf Vogelsang, Lyn Wadley Mar 2013

Ages For The Middle Stone Age Of Southern Africa: Implications For Human Behavior And Dispersal, Zenobia Jacobs, Richard Roberts, Rex Galbraith, Hilary Deacon, Rainer Grun, Alex Mackay, Peter Mitchell, Ralf Vogelsang, Lyn Wadley

Richard G Roberts

The expansion of modern human populations in Africa 80,000 to 60,000 years ago and their initial exodus out of Africa have been tentatively linked to two phases of technological and behavioral innovation within the Middle Stone Age of southern Africa—the Still Bay and Howieson's Poort industries—that are associated with early evidence for symbols and personal ornaments. Establishing the correct sequence of events, however, has been hampered by inadequate chronologies. We report ages for nine sites from varied climatic and ecological zones across southern Africa that show that both industries were short-lived (5000 years or less ...


The Biggest Losers, Richard G. Roberts, Barry Brook Mar 2013

The Biggest Losers, Richard G. Roberts, Barry Brook

Richard G Roberts

No abstract provided.


Dating In Landscape, Archaeology, Richard Roberts, Zenobia Jacobs Mar 2013

Dating In Landscape, Archaeology, Richard Roberts, Zenobia Jacobs

Richard G Roberts

A common need in archaeology is for objects and events of interest to be dated, so that they can be arranged in the correct temporal sequence. Here we briefly review several methods available to the archaeologist to assist in age determination of the "target" object or event-comprehensive treatments of the subject are given by Aitken 0990, 1999), Wagner (998), and Walker (2005).


A High-Resolution Record Of Vegetation And Climate Through The Last Glacial Cycle From Caledonia Fen, Southeastern Highlands Of Australia, A Kershaw, G Mckenzie, N Porch, Richard Roberts, J Browne, H Heijnis, M Orr, Geraldine Jacobsen, P Newall Mar 2013

A High-Resolution Record Of Vegetation And Climate Through The Last Glacial Cycle From Caledonia Fen, Southeastern Highlands Of Australia, A Kershaw, G Mckenzie, N Porch, Richard Roberts, J Browne, H Heijnis, M Orr, Geraldine Jacobsen, P Newall

Richard G Roberts

A blocked tributary has provided a rare site of long-term sediment accumulation in montane southeastern Australia. This site has yielded a continuous, detailed pollen record through the last ca. 140 000 years and revealed marked vegetation and environmental changes at orbital to sub-millennial scales. Radiocarbon and optically stimulated luminescence (OSL, or optical) ages provide some chronological control for the last ca. 70 000 years. Most of the sediment is inorganic but with well preserved pollen that accumulated under unproductive and probably largely ice-covered lake conditions. The lake was surrounded by low-growing plants with an alpine character. Exceptions include three discrete ...


An Improved Osl Chronology For The Still Bay Layers At Blombos Cave, South Africa: Further Tests Of Single-Grain Dating Procedures And A Re-Evaluation Of The Timing Of The Still Bay Industry Across Southern Africa, Zenobia Jacobs, Elspeth Hayes, Richard Roberts, Rex Galbraith, Christopher Henshilwood Mar 2013

An Improved Osl Chronology For The Still Bay Layers At Blombos Cave, South Africa: Further Tests Of Single-Grain Dating Procedures And A Re-Evaluation Of The Timing Of The Still Bay Industry Across Southern Africa, Zenobia Jacobs, Elspeth Hayes, Richard Roberts, Rex Galbraith, Christopher Henshilwood

Richard G Roberts

This paper presents a series of new single-grain optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) ages for the Still Bay at Blombos Cave, South Africa, and compares them to previously published OSL, thermoluminescence (TL) and electron-spin resonance (ESR) ages for this site. Details are provided about the measurement and analytical procedures, including a discussion of the characteristics of the OSL signals of individual quartz grains. This forms the basis for further investigations into the sensitivity of the equivalent dose (De) estimates to a range of different analytical approaches, including changes in the size of the test dose, the choice of signal integration interval ...


Natural Variations In The Properties Of Tl And Irsl Emissions From Metamorphic And Volcanic K-Feldspars From East Africa: Assessing Their Reliability For Dating, L Gliganic, Richard Roberts, Z Jacobs Mar 2013

Natural Variations In The Properties Of Tl And Irsl Emissions From Metamorphic And Volcanic K-Feldspars From East Africa: Assessing Their Reliability For Dating, L Gliganic, Richard Roberts, Z Jacobs

Richard G Roberts

The elevated temperature infrared stimulated luminescence (IRSL) and post-IR IRSL signals of potassium (K)-feldspars have recently garnered attention for their minimal rates of anomalous fading. The post-IR IRSL signal has been used to obtain age estimates for geological deposits, mostly in Europe. Studies on the behaviour of the IRSL and post-IR IRSL signals of K-feldspars from a wider range of geographic regions and depositional contexts are needed, particularly for regions where the OSL signal from quartz is poorly behaved. Discrepancies in the literature regarding the behaviours of the IRSL and TL signals of K-feldspars also highlight the need to ...


Initial Speleothem Results From Western Flores And Eastern Java, Indonesia: Were Climate Changes From 47 To 5ka Responsible For The Extinction Of Homo Floresiensis?, Richard Roberts, Allan Chivas, T. Sutikna, Michael Morwood, J Zhao, Kira Westaway Mar 2013

Initial Speleothem Results From Western Flores And Eastern Java, Indonesia: Were Climate Changes From 47 To 5ka Responsible For The Extinction Of Homo Floresiensis?, Richard Roberts, Allan Chivas, T. Sutikna, Michael Morwood, J Zhao, Kira Westaway

Richard G Roberts

No abstract provided.


Redating The Advance Of The New Zealand Franz Josef Glacier During The Last Termination: Evidence For Asynchronous Climate Change, Richard Roberts, Christian Turney, Matt Mcglone, J Cooper, J Wilmshurst, N De Jonge, C Prior Mar 2013

Redating The Advance Of The New Zealand Franz Josef Glacier During The Last Termination: Evidence For Asynchronous Climate Change, Richard Roberts, Christian Turney, Matt Mcglone, J Cooper, J Wilmshurst, N De Jonge, C Prior

Richard G Roberts

No abstract provided.


New Ages For Middle And Later Stone Age Deposits At Mumba Rockshelter, Tanzania: Optically Stimulated Luminescence Dating Of Quartz And Feldspar Grains, Luke Gliganic, Zenobia Jacobs, Richard Roberts, M Dominguez-Rodrigo, A Mabulla Mar 2013

New Ages For Middle And Later Stone Age Deposits At Mumba Rockshelter, Tanzania: Optically Stimulated Luminescence Dating Of Quartz And Feldspar Grains, Luke Gliganic, Zenobia Jacobs, Richard Roberts, M Dominguez-Rodrigo, A Mabulla

Richard G Roberts

The archaeological deposits at Mumba rockshelter, northern Tanzania, have been excavated for more than 70 years, starting with Margit and Ludwig Köhl-Larsen in the 1930s. The assemblages of Middle Stone Age (MSA) and Later Stone Age (LSA) artefacts collected from this site constitute the type sequences for these cultural phases in East Africa. Despite its archaeological importance, however, the chronology of the site is poorly constrained, despite the application since the 1980s of several dating methods (radiocarbon, uranium-series and amino acid racemisation) to a variety of materials recovered from the deposits. Here, we review these previous chronologies for Mumba and ...


Human Occupation, Adaptation And Behavioural Change In The Pleistocene And Holocene Of South India: Recent Investigations In The Kurnool District, Andhra Pradesh, Richard Roberts, Kevin White, Christopher Clarkson, Jinu Koshy, Ravi Korisettar, Sacha Jones, Clive Oppenheimer, Nicole Boivin, Michael Petraglia, Peter Ditchfield, Janardhana B, Jamie Hampson, Preston Miracle, Kevin Cunningham, M Kasturi Bai, Dorian Fuller, Michael Haslam Mar 2013

Human Occupation, Adaptation And Behavioural Change In The Pleistocene And Holocene Of South India: Recent Investigations In The Kurnool District, Andhra Pradesh, Richard Roberts, Kevin White, Christopher Clarkson, Jinu Koshy, Ravi Korisettar, Sacha Jones, Clive Oppenheimer, Nicole Boivin, Michael Petraglia, Peter Ditchfield, Janardhana B, Jamie Hampson, Preston Miracle, Kevin Cunningham, M Kasturi Bai, Dorian Fuller, Michael Haslam

Richard G Roberts

No abstract provided.


Establishing The Time Of Initial Human Occupation Of Liang Bua, Western Flores, Indonesia, Kira Westaway, Michael Morwood, Richard Roberts, J Zhao, T. Sutikna, E.W. Saptomo, W Rink Mar 2013

Establishing The Time Of Initial Human Occupation Of Liang Bua, Western Flores, Indonesia, Kira Westaway, Michael Morwood, Richard Roberts, J Zhao, T. Sutikna, E.W. Saptomo, W Rink

Richard G Roberts

No abstract provided.


Late Palaeolithic Core Reduction Strategies In Dhofar, Oman, Yamandu Hilbert, Jeffrey Rose, Richard Roberts Mar 2013

Late Palaeolithic Core Reduction Strategies In Dhofar, Oman, Yamandu Hilbert, Jeffrey Rose, Richard Roberts

Richard G Roberts

Systematic surveys conducted in the Dhofar Governorate of Oman have produced over 300 surface sites, as well as excavation of in situ archaeological deposits. A number of these assemblages have been classified as part of the Nejd Leptolithic Tradition (NLT).This study describes a selection of these assemblages from sites distributed across the southern and central Najd plateau in Dhofar,including both surface scatters and stratified rock shelters. The NLT is broadly characterized by the reduction of blades struck from single-platform cores with flat flaking surfaces, in conjunction with the faconnage manufacture of bifacial implements. Based on technological analysis and ...