M.A. Theses: Deborah Lynne Walsmith, 1984

Middle Palaeolithic Assemblage From Nubia and Its Cultural Relationships.

This thesis consists of a technological and typological analysis of the lithics (flaked stone artifacts and detritus) recovered through archaeological excavation of the site of Magendohli (11-H-(), which rests atop an isolated inselberg on the west bank of the Nile in Sudanese Nubia, and a comparison of this assemblage with lithic industries previously defined. Of the nearly 30,000 lithic pieces, fewer than ten percent are finished tools. Of these, side scrapers, denticulates, and notched pieces are the most common types. Pedunculates occur in small numbers as do blades. In addition there is a high frequency of cortex and non-cortex flakes and of cores in various stages of preparation. The unrestricted Levallois index for the site is relatively high. These frequencies and indices indicate that Magendohli was a quarry site, and support the hypothesis that the assemblage found there belongs to the Nubian Middle Paleolithic which is in turn related to the Aterian, a lithic industry of North Africa.