The Waterberg Plateau in the Northern Province, Republic of South Africa, in the Later Stone Age
A study aimed firstly at establishing the chronology of later Stone Age settlement in this area; secondly at investigating the particular influence of the Waterberg ecosystem on Later Stone Age settlement patterns, on the lifestyle of the inhabitants and on their utilisation of resources, and thirdly at exploring the influence of immigrant Iron Age farmers on the indigenous Later Stone Age hunter-gatherers.
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Acacia agropastoralists animals artefacts assemblage Aukema Bantu Bantu speakers Bantu-speaking Belgium Botswana Breutz Bushmen Bushveld calibrated Cape capensis cent century contact situation copper cultural material Denbow deposit Eastern Cape edible fruit evidence excavated faunal material Figure gatherers Goergap GOERGAP PROVENANCE LEVEL Goergap shelter grooved stones groups haematite hunter hunter-gatherers interaction Iron Age Kalahari Kirstenbos Kistner Later Stone Age layer manufacture Marais medicinal Middle Stone Age NISP QSP MN Northern Province Ongelukskraal Oreotragus ostrich ostrich eggshell beads Parkington percussion caps plant foods Point fragment Point/linkshaft fragment polished pottery Procavia quartz quartz crystal radiocarbon dates rainmaking rainmaking ceremonies Raphicerus recovered relatively ritual rock art rock paintings rock shelters Schlomann Schurfpoort scrapers social South African Archaeological southern Africa SPECIES NISP QSP square Stech Stone Age occupation Stone Age sites stone tool Sylvicapra TEETH SKELETAL trade Transvaal Tswana utilisation Vaalpense Wadley Waterberg Waterberg plateau