Title: Thermoluminescence dating of a Middle Palaeolithic occupation at Sodmein Cave, Red Sea Mountains (Egypt)
Authors: Mercier, N ×
Valladas, H
Froget, L
Joron, JL
Vermeersch, Pierre
Van Peer, Philip
Moeyersons, J #
Issue Date: Nov-1999
Publisher: Academic press ltd
Series Title: Journal of archaeological science vol:26 issue:11 pages:1339-1345
Abstract: The Palaeolithic sequence from Sodmein Cave in the Egyptian Eastern Desert, near Quseir, contains seven stratified
archaeological levels from the Middle and Upper Palaeolithic. The lowest archaeological level (Middle Palaeolithic level
5) consists of huge fireplaces associated with a lithic assemblage in which Nubian Levallois technology and bifacial tools
are present. From this level, six fragments from two large burned flint blocks have been dated by thermoluminescence.
A mean age-estimate of 1188 ka for the six dates, all of which fall between 109 and 127 ka, puts the use of this hearth
at the beginning of Oxygen Isotope Stage 5, most likely during episodes e or d. This age is close to that of other
Egyptian Middle Palaeolithic sites with very similar lithic assemblages.
ISSN: 0305-4403
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Archaeology, Leuven
Division of Geography & Tourism
× corresponding author
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