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The Size Variability of Ostrich Eggshell Beads from Central Namibia and Its Relevance as a Stylistic and Temporal Marker

L. Jacobson
The South African Archaeological Bulletin
Vol. 42, No. 145 (Jun., 1987), pp. 55-58
DOI: 10.2307/3887775
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3887775
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The Size Variability of Ostrich Eggshell Beads from Central Namibia and Its Relevance as a Stylistic and Temporal Marker
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Abstract

The size distributions of ostrich eggshell beads from a number of central Namibian assemblages fall into three types characterized by the presence or absence of beads larger than 7,5 mm in maximum diameter and by the shape of the distribution. Type I is associated with preherding LSA assemblages; Type II is associated with LSA assemblages post-dating the arrival of herding; and Type III is characteristic of herder assemblages since 800 BP. In addition, the relevance of beads as indicators of site function and seasonality is also commented upon.

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