Iberomaurusian reduction sequences in northeast Morocco


North-western Africa experienced significant environmental shifts during Marine Isotope Stage 2, including periods of major aridity and intense cooling (Heinrich events 2 and 1).

In order to understand the relationship between those environmental fluctuations and the technical systems/land-use dynamics of local Late Pleistocene hunter-gatherers, the results of work recently undertaken at the archaeological site of Ifri El Baroud (NE Morocco) are presented.

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Alessandro Potì, PhD Candidate in Project C2.

The site yields a well-stratified sequence of ca. 3 m thickness of LSA deposits (Early and Late Iberomaurusian) very rich in charcoal and archaeological finds. Technological analysis of the lithic assemblages compared with the study of the vertebrate fauna, molluscs and botanical remains reveal a high dynamic interplay between environmental and behavioural changes.

Ifri El Baroud is one of the few sites of the Maghreb with both Early and Late Iberomaurusian layers. For this reason it plays a relevant role in assessing the nature of continuities/discontinuities in human and landscape ecology within the context of the LSA occupation of NW Africa.

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Date, Time: 11/07/2016, 14:00 h – 14:45 h

Location: Room S12, Seminargebäude (Building 106), Universitätsstraße 37 , Cologne

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Alessandro Potì is a PhD student in Project C2 at the Institute of Prehistoric Archaeology (University of Cologne) since February 2014.

I studied Prehistory at the University of Ferrara (Italy). Since that time I’ve been mainly interested in lithic technology and in the adaptive behaviors of Paleolithic human groups. In my master thesis I analyzed, by means of a 3D geometric morphometric approach, a specific component of stone artifacts from the Lower Paleolithic site of Pirro Nord (S-Italy).

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Melanie Bartz is a PhD student in the C2 project “Early Holocene Contacts between Africa and Europe and their Palaeoenvironmental Context” of the CRC 806 “Our Way to Europe” of the University of Cologne, at the Institute of Geography. The prehistoric site of Ifri n’Ammar, a rock shelter dated back to Middle and Late Palaeolithic times and characterised by periodic settling, reveals human activity since 170 ka.

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