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An initial zooarchaeological analysis of Magubike and Mlambalasi: Two archaeological sites from the Iringa region of Southern Tanzania

  • Author / Creator
    Collins, Benjamin Robert
  • The current study consists of a preliminary analysis of the faunal materials recovered from test pit excavations at Magubike (HxJf-01) and Mlambalasi (HwJf-02), two archaeological sites in the Iringa district of Tanzania. Both sites contain faunal materials from the Iron Age, Later Stone Age and Middle Stone Age, which is unique for this region and causes them to be particularly germane to the behavioural modernity debate. The analysis of the faunal materials employed a combined zooarchaeological and taphonomic approach designed to elucidate each site’s formational history and human behavioural component. Through the construction of a sound taphonomic framework, an initial understanding of the formational processes at both sites was achieved and insight into Iron Age human subsistence strategies was attained. The poor preservation of the Later Stone Age and Middle Stone Age faunal materials precluded an understanding of the human subsistence strategies employed during these periods.

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  • Graduation date
    2009-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts in Anthropology
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R33K5J
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Anthropology
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Willoughby, Pamela R. (Anthropology)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Murray, Alison (Biological Sciences)
    • Losey, Robert (Anthropology)