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SAIAB Seminar Series 2019

Date: Friday 31 May 2019

Time: 10.30am

Venue: Lecture Room, SAIAB, Somerset St

Speaker: Dr Irit Zohar

Beit Margolin Biological Collections, Oranim Academic College, Kiryat Tivon, Israel  and  Zinman Institute of Archaeology, University of Haifa, Mount Carmel, Israel

 Title: P5 Project: Pondoland, Paleoecology, Paleoenvironment, Paleoclimate, and Paleoanthropology:  Evidence of human coastal exploitation during the last glacial maximum (LGM) and Early Holocene


The Pondoland, Paleoecology, Paleoenvironment, Paleoclimate, and Paleoanthropology Project (P5 Project) began in 2010, by Dr. Erich Fisher from Arizona State University.  The current research focuses on finding evidence of coastal foraging and fish exploitation on the South Africa Eastern Cape Province over the last 30,000 years. Preliminary analysis of faunal remains from Waterfall Bluff rock shelter showed, for the first time, that fish had an important role in the diet of past populations. Analysis of the fish remains enable us to identify the taxonomic composition of the exploited fish, fishing area, fish body size, and fish consumption methods.  This is the first study on the contribution of fish to the economy of past population from the South Africa Eastern shore.

All welcome.