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The earliest directly dated rock paintings from southern Africa: new AMS radiocarbon dates

Abstract:

Rock art worldwide has proved extremely difficult to date directly. Here, the first radiocarbon dates for rock paintings in Botswana and Lesotho are presented, along with additional dates for Later Stone Age rock art in South Africa. The samples selected for dating were identified as carbon-blacks from short-lived organic materials, meaning that the sampled pigments and the paintings that they were used to produce must be of similar age. The results reveal that southern African hunter-gathere...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.15184/aqy.2016.271

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Bonneau, A More by this author
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Social Sciences Division
Department:
Archaeology
Oxford college:
St Hughs College
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Social Sciences Division
Department:
Archaeology
Oxford college:
Linacre
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Social Sciences Division
Department:
Archaeology
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Publisher:
Cambridge University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
Antiquity Journal website
Volume:
91
Issue:
356
Pages:
322-333
Publication date:
2017-04-04
Acceptance date:
2016-05-12
DOI:
EISSN:
1745-1744
ISSN:
0003-598X
Pubs id:
pubs:691456
URN:
uri:ddecd3d5-817c-4b9d-9487-218b15f50f4e
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uuid:ddecd3d5-817c-4b9d-9487-218b15f50f4e
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pubs:691456

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