Ochre in hafting in Middle Stone Age southern Africa: A practical role

Lyn Wadley, Bonny Williamson, Marlize Lombard

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Abstract

Ochre is well-known as a substance used in Stone Age symbolism, but it can be shown to have had practical functions too. The authors used microscopic examination of Middle Stone Age tools to show they had been hafted, making use of an adhesive compound which included ochre in its recipe.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)661-675
Number of pages15
JournalAntiquity
Volume78
Issue number301
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2004
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Hafting
  • Mastic
  • Ochre
  • Sibudu Cave
  • South Africa
  • Stone fools

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archeology
  • General Arts and Humanities

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