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The Cyrenaican Prehistory Project 2008: the second season of investigations of the Haua Fteah cave and its landscape, and further results from the initial (2007) fieldwork

  • Graeme Barker (a1), Laura Basell (a2), Ian Brooks (a3), Lucilla Burn (a4), Caroline Cartwright (a5), Franca Cole (a6), John Davison (a7), Lucy Farr (a1), Rainer Grün (a8), Roisin Hamilton (a7), Chris Hunt (a7), Robyn Inglis (a6), Zenobia Jacobs (a9), Victoria Leitch (a10), Jacob Morales (a11), Iain Morley (a1), Mike Morley (a12), Steven Pawley (a13), Alex Pryor (a6), Ryan Rabett (a1), Tim Reynolds (a14), Hwedi el-Rishi (a15), Richard Roberts (a9), David Simpson (a7), Chris Stimpson (a6), Mohammed Touati (a16) and Marijke van der Veen (a17)...

Abstract

The second (2008) season of fieldwork of the Cyrenaican Prehistory Project has significantly advanced understanding of the Haua Fteah stratigraphy and of the archaeology and geomorphology of the landscape in which the cave is located. The excavations of the McBurney backfill have reached a total depth of 7.5 m below the present ground surface, the depth at which two human mandibles were found in the 1950s excavations. Reconnaissance at the Hagfet ed-Dabba established that the sediments associated with the Upper Palaeolithic ‘Dabban’ industry were more or less entirely removed by the McBurney excavation. Exploratory excavations in the Hagfet al-Gama, a coastal cave west of the Haua Fteah, found evidence of Mesolithic, Neolithic, and Hellenistic occupation. The initial results from the study of botanical remains, both macroscopic and microscopic, obtained in the 2007 season at the Haua Fteah confirm the potential of the site to yield a rich suite of materials to inform on climatic and environmental change, and on human activities in the cave.

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