Deconstructing Olduvai: A Taphonomic Study of the Bed I Sites

  • Manuel Domínguez-Rodrigo
  • Rebeca Barba Egido
  • Charles P. Egeland

Part of the Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology book series (VERT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. C. P. Egeland, M. Domínguez-Rodrigo, R. Barba
    Pages 1-10
  3. C. P. Egeland, M. Domínguez-Rodrigo, R. Barba
    Pages 11-22
  4. C. P. Egeland, M. Domínguez-Rodrigo, R. Barba
    Pages 23-32
  5. C. P. Egeland, M. Domínguez-Rodrigo, R. Barba
    Pages 33-38
  6. M. Domínguez-Rodrigo, R. Barba, I. De la Torre, R. Mora
    Pages 101-125
  7. M. Domínguez-Rodrigo, R. Barba, E. Organista
    Pages 165-189
  8. C. P. Egeland
    Pages 191-200
  9. M. Domínguez-Rodrigo, E. Organista
    Pages 201-215
  10. M. Domínguez-Rodrigo, R. Barba
    Pages 217-228
  11. M. Domínguez-Rodrigo, R. Barba
    Pages 239-252
  12. C. P. Egeland
    Pages 253-268
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 269-337

About this book


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.


Archaeology Human Evolution Palaeoecology Paleoanthropology Paleoecology Taphonomy stone tools zooarchaeology

Authors and affiliations

  • Manuel Domínguez-Rodrigo
    • 1
  • Rebeca Barba Egido
    • 1
  • Charles P. Egeland
    • 2
  1. 1.Complutense University28040Spain
  2. 2.Indiana University47405INUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2007
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-6150-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-6152-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1877-9077
  • Series Online ISSN 1877-9085
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