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Archaeological Evidence of Domestic Sheep in the Namib Desert During the First millennium AD

Archaeological Evidence of Domestic Sheep in the Namib Desert During the First millennium AD Bones of domestic sheep dated to the early first millennium AD are described from the Dâures massif in the Namib Desert. The remains confirm earlier investigations which inferred the acquisition of livestock from indirect evidence in the rock art, suggesting a fundamental shift in ritual practice at this time. Dating of the sheep remains is in broad agreement with the dating of other finds in the same area and in southern Africa as a whole. The presence of suspected sheep bone artefacts, possibly used for ritual purposes, draws attention to the importance of livestock as more than a component of diet in the changing economy of hunter-gatherer society. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of African Archaeology Brill

Archaeological Evidence of Domestic Sheep in the Namib Desert During the First millennium AD

Journal of African Archaeology , Volume 14 (1): 7 – Nov 1, 2016

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Brill
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© Copyright 2016 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1612-1651
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2191-5784
DOI
10.3213/2191-5784-10280
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Abstract

Bones of domestic sheep dated to the early first millennium AD are described from the Dâures massif in the Namib Desert. The remains confirm earlier investigations which inferred the acquisition of livestock from indirect evidence in the rock art, suggesting a fundamental shift in ritual practice at this time. Dating of the sheep remains is in broad agreement with the dating of other finds in the same area and in southern Africa as a whole. The presence of suspected sheep bone artefacts, possibly used for ritual purposes, draws attention to the importance of livestock as more than a component of diet in the changing economy of hunter-gatherer society.

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Journal of African ArchaeologyBrill

Published: Nov 1, 2016

Keywords: Namib Desert; hunter-gatherers; domestic sheep; nomadic pastoralism

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