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Friday, July 25, 2014

Kathu Townlands Kathu Townlands site is between 700,000 and one million years old.

"The archaeologists' research on the Kathu Townlands site, one of the richest early prehistoric archaeological sites in South Africa, was published in the journal, PLOS ONE, on 24 July 2014.
It is estimated that the site is between 700,000 and one million years old."

Flakes and cores from Kathu Townlands, Beaumont Excavation. A: Large flake off the edge of the core consistent with biface shaping removal. B: Large flake with centripedal dorsal scars. C: Blade, note that there is some cortex (indicated by C in the sketch) and that scars are not parallel. D-F: Small flakes, note that F is off the edge of the core. G: Discoidal core with removals off both faces. Break on one edge (upper edge in right view). H: Discoidal core with one large flake removal. Note that on the right-hand face the working is unclear and it is possible that this is a natural surface. Credit: Steven James Walker & et al.

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