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Wooden and Bone Artefacts: Pomongwe Cave Matobo District, Zimbabwe
C. K. Cooke
The South African Archaeological Bulletin
Vol. 35, No. 131 (Jun., 1980), pp. 25-29
Published by: South African Archaeological Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3888720
Page Count: 5
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This paper describes and illustrates bone and wooden artefacts recovered from the Tshangula, Pomongwe and Wilton levels of the deposit excavated at Pomongwe Cave (Cooke 1963). Where possible discussion on the use of the artefacts is given. Methods of manufacture and the use of fire as part of the fashioning of wooden tools is detailed. Although many of the examples are unique in this country it has been possible to draw comparisons with implements used by modern ethnic groups in Zambia and South Africa and to earlier publications on the material culture of the Bushmen. Reference has been made to publications of excavated material from many sources. It is concluded that wood and bone were an important part of the material culture but that in most areas the acid nature and the dampness of the deposits in Zimbabwe has inhibited preservation.
The South African Archaeological Bulletin © 1980 South African Archaeological Society