Magosian Culture

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Magosian Culture

 

a Stone Age culture (c. 15,000-7500 B.C.) that was widespread in eastern and southern Africa from the Sudan to the Republic of South Africa. It was named after the village of Magosi in Uganda, where a Magosian site was first investigated. The Magosian culture dates to the period between the middle Stone Age and late Stone Age in Africa, which approximately corresponds to the end of the Upper Paleolithic period and to the Mesolithic period in Europe. The culture is characterized by Levalloisian and prismatic cores, leaf-shaped and triangular spearheads and arrowheads showing pressure flaking, and numerous microliths. The Magosian culture belonged to hunting tribes, who extensively practiced body painting with ocher.

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Alimen, H. Doistoricheskaia Afrika. Moscow, 1960. (Translated from French.)
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