Neolithic occupation of an artesian spring: KS043 in the Kharga Oasis, Egypt

François Briois*, Béatrix Midant-Reynes, Sylvie Marchand, Yann Tristant, Michel Wuttmann, Morgan De Dapper, Joséphine Lesur, Claire Newton

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KS043 is a stratified site associated with a complex of artesian springs. The archaeological remains, as well as a series of radiocarbon determinations, date the site to between 4800 and 4200 B.C. Our study suggests a connection between Saharan pastoralists, forced to move into oasis areas by increasing aridification, and the first Predynastic cultures of the Nile Valley. The site is the only well dated stratified settlement attributed to the Late Neolithic in the eastern Sahara that is characterized by Tasian cultural traditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)178-191
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Field Archaeology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012
Externally publishedYes


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