Filling a Gap: Epipalaeolithic Evidence from the Libyan Desert


Jan Kuper is a PhD student in Project A2 “Late Quaternary High-Resolution Climate Archives in the Sahara” of the CRC 806 “Our Way to Europe”, University of Cologne (Institute of Prehistoric Archaeology). Jan studied Prehistoric Archaeology, Geography and Islamic Studies at the University of Cologne. As part of his Master thesis, he conducted lithic analysis of an isolated, Early Holocene site (ca. 7,300 calBC) in central Libya, which revealed close affinities with assemblages from contemporaneous, however more than 1,000 km distant sites in the Western Desert of Egypt.

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Jan Kuper
Project A2

Based on this research, in his PhD thesis he aims at tracking the Early Holocene re-occupation of the formerly hyperarid Libyan Desert – the eastern part of the Sahara. Along with palaeoclimate results obtained in Project A2, the high resolution of Holocene archaeological data in this region – compared to Pleistocene evidence – allows examining past human behavioural patterns, which can help to better understand previous expansions into the Saharan desert, like that of anatomically modern humans during the MSA.
This talk will shortly summarise the results of his Master thesis and introduce his ongoing PhD research, of which he will present initial results.

Event Information:

Date, Time: 02/02/2015, 16:00 h – 16:30 h

Location: Room S22, Seminargebäude (Building 106), Universitätsstraße 37 , Cologne

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