Bone harpoons from the Lake Turkana basin
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Bone harpoons from the Lake Turkana basin by Kimaru C. Githinji

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Published by University of Nairobi, Dept. of History in [Nairobi] .
Written in English



  • Kenya,
  • Rudolf, Lake, Region (Kenya and Ethiopia),
  • Kenya.


  • Harpoons, Prehistoric -- Kenya.,
  • Harpoons, Prehistoric -- Rudolf, Lake, Region (Kenya and Ethiopia),
  • Bone implements, Prehistoric -- Kenya.,
  • Bone implements, Prehistoric -- Rudolf, Lake, Region (Kenya and Ethiopia),
  • Kenya -- Antiquities.,
  • Rudolf, Lake, Region (Kenya and Ethiopia) -- Antiquities.

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Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (leaves 13-14)

Statementby Kimaru C. Githinji.
SeriesStaff seminar paper ;, no. 2 (1991/1992), Staff seminar paper (University of Nairobi. Dept. of History) ;, 1991/92, no. 2.
LC ClassificationsGN865.K4 G58 1992
The Physical Object
Pagination14 leaves :
Number of Pages14
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL1391932M
LC Control Number92981307

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Project Gallery New archaeological investigations at the Lothagam harpoon site at Lake Turkana Steven Goldstein1,∗, Elisabeth Hildebrand2,3, Michael Storozum4, Elizabeth Sawchuk2, Jason Lewis2,3, Cecilia Ngugi5 & Lawrence H. Robbins6 The Lothagam harpoon site in north-west Kenya’s Lake Turkana Basin provides a stratified. "The harpoons are the iconic remains of a people who have disappeared," says Mirazón Lahr, "when they lived, Lake Turkana was much larger and the environment much richer. Lake Turkana (/ t ɜːr ˈ k ɑː n ə,-ˈ k æ n-/), formerly known as Lake Rudolf, is a lake in the Kenyan Rift Valley, in northern Kenya, with its far northern end crossing into Ethiopia. It is the world's largest permanent desert lake and the world's largest alkaline volume it is the world's fourth-largest salt lake after the Caspian Sea, Issyk-Kul, and Lake Van (passing the Average depth: m (99 ft). Geography. Lake Turkana sits at the center of the Turkana Basin and is flanked by the Chalbi Desert to the east, the Lotakipi Plains to the north, Karasuk to the west and Samburu to the south. Included within these regions are desert scrub, desert grass and shrubland, and scattered Acacia or open grasslands. The only true Perennial River is the Omo River in Ethiopia in the northern part of the.

PDF | On Jan 1, , Yahia Fadl Tahir and others published Bone Harpoons Recovered from El-Ga’ab Depression Western Sahara (Sudan) Shape Attributes and Morphometric Analysis | Find, read and. The Lothagam harpoon site in north-west Kenya's Lake Turkana Basin provides a stratified Holocene sequence capturing changes in African fisher-hunter-gatherer strategies through a series of subtle. A snapshot of lake fluctuation levels during the Holocene can be seen in the molluscan beds, which would have provided important food resources to ancient inhabitants. A fisher-hunter-gatherer subsistence strategy is evidenced by barbed bone harpoons found at the site. However, one thing is certain. These assemblages and their harpoons were deposited when Koobi Fora Spit was emergent - during periods when the level of Lake Turkana was similar to its to stands. This is our first look at the low water prehistory of harpoon technology in the Turkana Basin.

  Analyses demonstrated that the earliest appearance of is in the Lake Turkana basin, – BP (Marshall et al., , Barthelme, ). In these sites, domesticates co-occur with remains of fishes and aquatic vertebrates, and with bone harpoons . At the beginning of the Holocene (11, years ago), the Turkana Basin and much of northern Africa experienced an extended period (up to 10, years) with seasonally high rainfall. The culture during this time appeared to focus on lake based on numerous barbed bone harpoon points and aquatic bone remains (tortoise, crocodile, but.   “The area around Lake Turkana is extraordinarily rich not just in fossils, but also in artefacts used to exploit the ecology of the area. In the case of aquatic resources from the lake, these artefacts are often harpoons or points made from bone.   Lucia Muzzarelli ’19 near Lake Turkana in Kenya. More than 5, years ago, the arid Turkana Basin was warm and verdant. At that time, the shores of Lake Turkana were a place of rest for pastoralists, mobile groups of fisher-hunter-gatherers. While on those hikes, the students would often come across artifacts, such as bone harpoons.