The Oldowan horizon in Wonderwerk Cave (South Africa): Archaeological, geological, paleontological and paleoclimatic evidence

Michael Chazan, D. Margaret Avery, Marion K. Bamford, Francesco Berna, James Brink, Yolanda Fernandez-Jalvo, Paul Goldberg, Sharon Holt, Ari Matmon, Naomi Porat, Hagai Ron, Lloyd Rossouw, Louis Scott, Liora Kolska Horwitz

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)859-866
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Human Evolution
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes


The Wonderwerk Cave project is funded by grants from the Canadian SSHRC and the Wenner Gren Foundation to M. Chazan. Fieldwork at Wonderwerk Cave is carried out under permit to M. Chazan from SAHRA and museum analysis under the terms of an agreement with the McGregor Museum. This project builds on work undertaken at the site by Peter Beaumont. We also thank Peter Beaumont for his encouragement and support of this project. L. K. Horwitz would like to thank the Bloemfontein National Museum for hosting her during the study of the Wonderwerk fauna; J. Brink thanks Dr. Berhard Zipfel, Institute for Human Evolution, University of the Witwatersrand, and Ms. Stephany Potze and Mr. Lazarus Kgasi, Department of Palaeontology, Ditsong National Museum of Natural History (previously the Transvaal Museum), for access to the Swartkrans and Makapansgat Limeworks fossil assemblages. Additional financial support (to F. Berna and P. Goldberg) for research appearing in this paper was provided by the US National Science Foundation Grants # 0917739 and # 0551927 and the Marie Curie International Fellowship within the 6th European Community Framework Program # MOIF-CT-2006-041053 . We would like to acknowledge the invaluable contribution to the Wonderwerk project of our friend and colleague Hagai Ron, who sadly passed away this September.

FundersFunder number
6th European Community Framework ProgramMOIF-CT-2006-041053
National Science Foundation0551927, 0917739
Wenner-Gren Stiftelserna
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada


    • Oldowan
    • Paleoecology
    • Paleolithic
    • South Africa
    • Wonderwerk Cave

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