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

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dc.contributor.author Bonneau, A
dc.contributor.author Pearce, D
dc.contributor.author Mitchell, P
dc.contributor.author Staff, R
dc.contributor.author Arthur, C
dc.contributor.author Mallen, L
dc.contributor.author Brock, F
dc.contributor.author Higham, T
dc.date.accessioned 2017-04-28T14:09:31Z
dc.date.available 2017-04-28T14:09:31Z
dc.date.issued 2017-04-04
dc.identifier.citation Bonneau, A., Pearce, D., Mitchell, P., Staff, R., Arthur, C., Mallen, L., Brock, F., and Higham, T. (2017) The earliest directly dated rock paintings from southern Africa: new AMS radiocarbon dates. Antiquity, 91(356), pp. 322-333. (doi:10.15184/aqy.2016.271) en_UK
dc.identifier.uri http://dspace.lib.cranfield.ac.uk/handle/1826/11835
dc.description Copyright © 2017 Antiquity Publications Ltd and reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy en_UK
dc.description.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-gatherers were creating paintings on rockshelter walls as long ago as 5723–4420 cal BP in south-eastern Botswana: the oldest such evidence yet found in southern Africa. en_UK
dc.language.iso en en_UK
dc.publisher Cambridge Univ Press en_UK
dc.title The earliest directly dated rock paintings from southern Africa: new AMS radiocarbon dates en_UK
dc.type Article en_UK


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