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Stable Isotope Analysis of Archaeological and Modern Micromammals from the Greater Cape Floristic Region near Pinnacle Point, on the South Coast of South Africa

Abstract The Middle Stone Age archaeological record from the south coast of South Africa contains significant evidence for early modern human behavior. The south coast is within the modern Greater Cape Floristic Region (GCFR), which in the present-day encompasses the entirety of South Africa’s Winter Rainfall Zone (WRZ) and contains unique vegetation elements that have been hypothesized to be of high utility to hunter-gatherer populations. Extant paleoenvironmental proxy records for the Pleistocene in the region often indicate evidence for more open environments during the past than occur in the area in the present-day, while climate models suggest glacial presence of the WRZ that would support maintenance of C3-predominant GCFR vegetation.

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Created Date 2015
Contributor Williams, Hope Marie (Author) / Marean, Curtis W (Advisor) / Knudson, Kelly J (Advisor) / Reed, Kaye (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Archaeology / Biogeochemistry / Africa / Carbon / Isotope / Micromammals / Middle Stone Age / Pinnacle Point
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 406 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Anthropology 2015
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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