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Approximate age:73,000 years old=average of minimum (0.07 Ma) and maximum (0.076 Ma)

Date based on: Optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) See map of sites with similar ages

Dating reference: Jacobs, Z., Duller, G. A. T., Wintle, A. G., & Henshilwood, C. S. (2006). Extending the chronology of deposits at Blombos Cave, South Africa, back to 140ka using optical dating of single and multiple grains of quartz. Journal of human evolution, 51(3), 255-273.


Archaeology:Late Stone Age (LSA)/Upper Paleolithic  Evidence for symbolic thought    

Important specimens: Early shell beads, engraved bone. Very early symbolic behavior.


Location: M1 level, South Africa
Map location/coordinates reference: Coordinates derived from photographs taken at cave site.

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