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Title:Oral Traditions and Archaeology of the Tsodilo Hills Male Hill Cave
Authors:Campbell, Alec C.
Robbins, Lawrence H.
Murphy, M. Lynne
Periodical:Botswana Notes and Records (ISSN 0525-5090)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Botswana
Southern Africa
Stone Age
oral history
Education and Oral Traditions
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Anthropology and Archaeology
History, Archaeology
Oral tradition
Tsodilo Hills (Botswana)
External links:https://www.jstor.org/stable/40959180
Abstract:In August 1992 a hidden cave (Male Hill Cave) was discovered at the Tsodilo Hills in northwestern Botswana. According to oral tradition hunting rituals had been carried out in this cave. The cultural material from Male Hill Cave primarily consists of Late Stone Age debitage, animal bone fragments and some potsherds. Overall, the density of debris would be consistent with the interpretation of repeated use of the cave by a few people over an extensive period. Judging from radiocarbon dating, the site was first used prior to the first century AD. None of the artifacts found at Male Hill Cave are definitively ceremonial in nature. Thus, the archaeological evidence does not provide any definite links between the actual prehistoric use of the cave and oral traditions. App., bibliogr., notes.