Ochre in hafting in Middle Stone Age southern Africa: A practical role

  • Wadley L
  • Williamson B
  • Lombard M
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Abstract

Ochre is well-known as a substance used in Stone Age symbolism, but it can be shown to have had practical functions too. The authors used microscopic examination of Middle Stone Age tools to show they had been hafted, making use of an adhesive compound which included ochre in its recipe.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Hafting
  • Mastic
  • Ochre
  • Sibudu Cave
  • South Africa
  • Stone fools

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Authors

  • Lyn Wadley

  • Bonny Williamson

  • Marlize Lombard

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