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Land gastropod piercing during the Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene in the Haua Fteah, Libya

Hill, EA and Hunt, CO and Lucarini, G and Mutri, G and Farr, L and Barker, G (2015) Land gastropod piercing during the Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene in the Haua Fteah, Libya. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 4. pp. 320-325. ISSN 2352-409X

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Abstract

Land snail shell is a frequent constituent of archaeological sites, but it is rarely clear whether it represents food refuse, the remains of scavengers, or evidence for natural processes. Piercing of land snail shells enables the animal to be extracted from the shell and thus provides direct evidence for human consumption. We report pierced land snails from the Haua Fteah, Libya. The earliest pierced land snail shell in the Haua Fteah pre-dates the Last Interglacial, while the most recent is Late-Classical in age, but the largest quantities are in layers of Late-Glacial and earliest Holocene age, where they are associated with atypical microliths which may have been used to pierce shells to enable easy extraction of the animal.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: land snails; taphonomy; piercing; lithic technology; subsistence; Haua Fteah; Palaeolithic; Neolithic; Classical; Late Pleistocene
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history
Divisions: Natural Sciences and Psychology
Publisher: Elsevier
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Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2015 11:20
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2015 11:20
DOI or Identification number: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2015.09.003
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2133

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