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Jarigole - Clay


Short Name: GbJj1

Period: Middle Holocene

Culture/Industry: Pastoral Neolithic

Localization: Koobi Fora

Collection Date: 1984


Provenance: Excavation

Material Culture: Pottery

Site Name: Jarigole Stone Pillar Site

Catalogue: # KNM-3653-2

4 thousand years ago to today

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Description Summary

statuette of human and animals form.

Middle Holocene

Rather suddenly, eastern Africa dried out. All lakes become smaller, many dried up completely. Plant and animal life responded accordingly as forests gave way to grasslands and grasslands gave way to shrublands. Humans also responded by introducing livestock (goats, cattle) to the region. Animal pastoralism became a way of life. Similar to Neolithic revolutions elsewhere, the people of Kenya developed specialized tools and methods to produce food rather than just procuring it. In the north, large stone ceremonial cemeteries were built. In the south, people practiced a mix of foraging and animal husbandry.