Site 13B

Site PP13B is a sea cave overlooking the Indian Ocean in the quartzitic coastal cliffs at Pinnacle Point near Mossel Bay (South Africa). It escaped the MIS5e high sea stand by virtue of its elevation (~15 m above mean sea level). On the north and south walls of the cave is a variably cemented MSA deposit (called the LC-MSA), while the floor is covered by a mostly uncemented MSA deposit.

 

Over the course of multiple field seasons, we excavated three areas in the cave – the LC-MSA, and the Western and Eastern Areas. Key finds from 13B include the earliest known co-occurance of ochre, bladelets and evidence for shellfish exploitation.

 

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