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Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology

Deconstructing Olduvai: A Taphonomic Study of the Bed I Sites

Authors: Domínguez-Rodrigo, Manuel, Barba, Rebeca, Egeland, Charles P.

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  • Offers a revolutionary analysis of the oldest archaeological sites of Olduvai Gorge that shows current models of reconstruction of human behavior are wrong
  • Provides a new analytical approach to understanding how early archaeological sites were formed
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Plio-Pleistocene sites are a rare occurrence in same sites. This combination of factors is the archaeological record. When they are unique in East African Plio-Pleistocene uncovered, the faunal materials so crucial to archaeology and has stimulated much debate unlocking their behavioral meaning are often over the socioeconomic function of early sites. poorly preserved. For example, at Koobi Fora, Influential models of early hominid behavior Kenya, a prolific region that preserves several in the late 1960s and early 1970s were based classic Plio-Pleistocene sites, many bones are exclusively on information from Olduvai affected by poor cortical surface preservation Gorge (Leakey, 1971). Although Isaac’s (e. g. , (Isaac, 1997). Such taphonomic vagaries limit 1978) work at Koobi Fora expanded their the range of questions that can be addressed application, the subsequent critiques, modi- with these assemblages. In other instances, cations, and reformulations of these models access to materials can be limited due to local were based almost solely on studies from politics or rivalries between individual Olduvai (Binford, 1981, 1984; Bunn, 1981; research teams. As a result, many important Potts, 1982, 1988; Bunn and Kroll, 1986; assemblages either remain unstudied or have Blumenschine, 1995; Rose and Marshall, been interpreted without the advantage of a 1996; Domínguez-Rodrigo, 1997a, 2002; fully developed taphonomic framework, a sit- Plummer, 2004). Having said that, it is also uation that all but guarantees stagnant inter- clear that continued work at Koobi Fora and pretations.

About the authors

Manuel Domínguez-Rodrigo is a professor of Archaeology in the Department of Prehistory of the Complutense University, Madrid. He is co-editor of Journal of Taphonomy. He has been the head of research projects on human evolution conducted in Peninj, Eyasi and Olduvai Gorge (Tanzania), as well as having participated in research conducted in Gona (Ethiopia) and Swartkrans (South Africa). He is associate researcher of the National Museums of Kenya.

Rebeca Barba got her doctorate in Archaeology in the Complutense University under the supervision of MDR. She has conducted research in Peninj and Olduvai. He is associate researcher of the National Museums of Kenya.

Charles P. Egeland recently recieved his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Indiana University in Bloomington. In addition to his work in Tanzania, he has conducted field and lab research in South Africa, Kenya, Germany and several U.S. states.

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From the reviews:

"The book is divided into 16 chapters. … The monograph is data-rich, with abundant tables for each studied strata listing species and skeletal part representation, as well as graphical summaries of the locations of each individual surface modification (whether by hominin or carnivore) on bovid long bones. … Deconstructing Olduvai is an important paleoanthropological contribution … ." Christian A. Tryon, Journal of Mammalian Evolution, 2008.

"This volume provides a fresh look at an old issue – i.e. that hominins were primary agents in the formation of these sites – and suggests that site formation is heterogeneous and complicated during Bed I times at Olduvai Gorge." Journal of Human Evolution, 31 August 2009


Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)

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Hardcover 98,75 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Deconstructing Olduvai: A Taphonomic Study of the Bed I Sites
Authors
Series Title
Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-6152-3
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-6152-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-6150-9
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-8677-6
Series ISSN
1877-9077
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 292
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