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Title: 'Out of Africa' from an Egyptian point of view
Authors: Vermeersch, Pierre # ×
Issue Date: 2001
Series Title: Quaternary International vol:75 issue:1 pages:103-112
Conference: Congress of the international union for quaternary research edition:XV location:Durban date:August 6, 1999
Abstract: The purpose of this contribution is to examine connections between Egypt and the Levant on the basis of the lithic materials
available. Data from the Nile Valley are too scanty for a profound assessment of Early and Middle Pleistocene `Out of Africaa
movements, however, for the Late Pleistocene, the Nile Valley provides important data. For this period, `Out of Africaa, if present,
should be connected with the Middle Paleolithic or the Mousterian. A comparison can take into account only the lithic technology, as
tools are very rare in the Egyptian Middle Paleolithic. An analysis of the descriptive parameters used in the literature leads to the
conclusion that the diversity and incomparability of the research methods in use in the Levant prevents any comparison between the
Middle Paleolithic of Egypt and of the Levant. The Egyptian and Levantine data should be studied together using a dynamic
analytical approach to technology. Only then, can we hope to arrive at conclusions regarding possible contacts between the two
regions. It is thus too early to assess the possibilities of an `Out of Africaa movement of humans along the Nile valley.
Description: Laboratorium voor Prehistorie.
ISSN: 1040-6182
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Archaeology, Leuven
Division of Geography & Tourism
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