Plant-wax and phytolith data from Waterfall Bluff rock shelter

Irene Esteban, Marion K Bamford, Alisoun House, Charlotte S Miller, Frank H Neumann, Enno Schefuß, Justin Pargeter, Hayley C Cawthra & Erich C Fisher
Waterfall Bluff, in Eastern Mpondoland (Eastern Cape Province, South Africa), is a recently excavated archaeological site with deposits spanning Marine Isotope Stage (MIS) 3 to the Middle Holocene. Here, we present preliminary results of a multi-proxy palaeoenvironmental study combining macro-botanical remains, charcoal, phytoliths, pollen and plant waxes derived from the same archaeological record. We aim to understand the interactions between hunter-gatherer plant foraging and climate and environmental change in coastal Mpondoland from MIS 3 to...
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