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Grinding-stone implements in the eastern African Pastoral Neolithic
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Archaeology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, African and Comparative Archaeology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1416-436X
UCL, Inst Global Prosper, London, England.
2019 (English)In: Azania, ISSN 0067-270X, E-ISSN 1945-5534, Vol. 54, no 2, p. 203-220Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Grinding-stone tools are a poorly utilised source of archaeological information in eastern Africa. Their presence is noted in multiple contexts, including both domestic and funerary, yet the inferences drawn from them are often limited. This short review paper presents existing information on grinding-stone tools (and stone bowls) from Pastoral Neolithic (PN) contexts in eastern Africa. Data on the diverse grinding-stone tool assemblages of the Pastoral Neolithic have been compiled with a focus on details of morphology and spatial, temporal and contextual distribution. Summarising what is known (and, perhaps more importantly, what is not known) about grinding-stones in the Pastoral Neolithic, this paper serves as a reminder that the function of grinding-stone tools was neither singular nor their significance simplistic.

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ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD , 2019. Vol. 54, no 2, p. 203-220
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grinding-stone tools, Pastoral Neolithic, funerary archaeology, eastern Africa
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-396152DOI: 10.1080/0067270X.2019.1619284ISI: 000478550800001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-396152DiVA, id: diva2:1367561
Available from: 2019-11-04 Created: 2019-11-04 Last updated: 2019-11-04Bibliographically approved

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