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Tarifian (about 4800 BC)

Epi-Palaeolithic (no evidence for agriculture or animal breeding) culture in Upper Egypt, known from two sites.
The basis of the economy is hunting/gathering.


5400 flint artefacts were excavated Ginter/Kozlowski 1984: 248. Most of them are made from the local Theban flint. Among the tools retouched flakes and blades are the most common. The second common group are the scrapers. Only a very small percentage of the tools are the microlithic forms.

Pottery is not very common and preserved only in small fragments. The ceramics present with one exception no decoration.


Ginter/Kozlowski 1994: passim.


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