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New archaeological investigations at the Lothagam harpoon site at Lake Turkana

Steven Goldstein, Elisabeth Hildebrand, Michael Storozum, Elizabeth Sawchuk, Jason Lewis, Cecilia Ngugi & Lawrence H. Robbins

Abstract

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The Lothagam harpoon site in north-west Kenya's Lake Turkana Basin provides a stratified Holocene sequence capturing changes in African fisher-hunter-gatherer strategies through a series of subtle and dramatic climate shifts (Figure 1). The site rose to archaeological prominence following Robbins's 1965–1966 excavations, which yielded sizeable lithic and ceramic assemblages and one of the largest collections of Early Holocene human remains from Eastern Africa (Robbins 1974; Angel et al. 1980).


Authors

  • Steven Goldstein
    Department of Archaeology, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Kahlaische Strasse 10, Jena D-07745, Germany
  • Elisabeth Hildebrand
    Department of Anthropology, Stony Brook University, Circle Road, SBS Building S-501, Stony Brook, NY 11794, USA; Turkana Basin Institute, Stony Brook University, N507A Social & Behavioral Science, Stony Brook, NY 11794, USA
  • Michael Storozum
    Earth Observatory of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Block N2-01a-15, Singapore
  • Elizabeth Sawchuk
    Department of Anthropology, Stony Brook University, Circle Road, SBS Building S-501, Stony Brook, NY 11794, USA
  • Jason Lewis
    Department of Anthropology, Stony Brook University, Circle Road, SBS Building S-501, Stony Brook, NY 11794, USA; Turkana Basin Institute, Stony Brook University, N507A Social & Behavioral Science, Stony Brook, NY 11794, USA
  • Cecilia Ngugi
    Division of Archaeology, National Museums of Kenya, P.O. Box 40658, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Lawrence H. Robbins
    Department of Anthropology, Michigan State University, 655 Auditorium Road, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA