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Blydefontein Site Formation Study, South Africa

The primary objective of this project, which is funded by the  National Science Foundation, is to better understand the geological and anthropogenic formation processes that deposit and alter sediments in rock shelters. Second, this project is designed to determine if domestic stock contributed to the deposits of the rock shelters through analyses of the sediment micromorphology and associated pollen, diatoms, and phytoliths. Britt Bousman, Paul Goldberg (Boston University), Louis Scott (University of the Orange Free State, South Africa), Barbara Winsborough (Austin), and Glen Fredlund (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) are studying the site formation process in the Later Stone Age deposits at Blydefontein Rock Shelter, South Africa.

Pictured above: some of the magnificent rock art at Blydefontein Rock Shelter.