Engraved ostrich eggshell from the Middle Stone Age contexts of Goda Buticha, Ethiopia

Zelalem Assefa*, Asfawossen Asrat, Erella Hovers, Yin Lam, Osbjorn Pearson, David Pleurdeau

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

11 Scopus citations

Abstract

Excavations at the site of Goda Buticha, Ethiopia, have recovered a small sample of engraved ostrich eggshell (EOES) fragments. The earliest specimens date to ~ 34 ka and ~ 43 ka, thus representing the oldest known examples of EOES in eastern Africa, and occur in association with a Middle Stone Age (MSA) lithic assemblage. The occurrence of EOES at Goda Buticha persists into the Holocene, similar to certain MSA technological features. EOES provides an additional line of evidence through which to examine the variability in the MSA and the complex transition from the MSA to the Later Stone Age in eastern Africa.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)723-729
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Archaeological Science: Reports
Volume17
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2018

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017

Keywords

  • Eastern Africa
  • Engraved ostrich eggshell (EOES)
  • Later Stone Age
  • Middle Stone Age
  • Symbolic behavior

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Engraved ostrich eggshell from the Middle Stone Age contexts of Goda Buticha, Ethiopia'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this