P314 Earlier Prehistory of Africa

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Last time you got your first glimpse of bifaces, a new tool that appears sometime before 1.5 million years ago in Africa. Bifaces are the signature tool type for a new ESA technology called the Acheulian Industry.

At Olduvai, Mary Leakey decided that if a site had at least one handaxe or cleaver in it, she would classify it as an Acheulian site. But the earliest Acheulian sites were contemporary with other sites she classified as Developed Oldowan, because of the types of tools she found in the assemblages. This raises an interesting set of questions:

Why did Developed Oldowan sites persist side by side with the Acheulian sites?

Today we will explore some data to help answer this question

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Expedition to Olorgesailie

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