The Later Stone Age of Bushman Rock Shelter

Contribution of zooarchaeology to the understanding of Human subsistence strategies

Joint seminar IFAS-Research / Wits University
Tuesday 7 November 2017

13:15 – Cate Druce Lecture Hall, ESI, Wits University


Léa Feyfant (TRACES / ESI)

Bushman Rock Shelter (Limpopo Province, South Africa) contains rich Later and Middle Stone Age deposits. LSA occupations at Bushman Rock Shelter (BRS) are dated from 14 800 to 10 900 cal. BP and the lithic industry has been attributed to the Oakhurst and Robberg techno-complexes. Besides data provided by early excavations at the site conducted by Prof. Eloff in the 70’s, only a few detailed studies about lithic industries and subsistence strategies have been published.

Zooarchaeology analyses of LSA faunal remains from BRS intend to provide new data on faunal exploitation patterns by LSA hunters. This research encompasses taphonomic and zooarchaeological analysis of the faunal assemblage, in order to glean information on prey selection, hunting tactics, transport decisions and activities related to animal carcass processing.

Léa Feyfant is a PhD student in zooarchaeology at TRACES, Univ. of Toulouse Jean Jaurès and Evolutionary Studies Institute, Univ. of the Witwatersrand.