Evidence of lithic blade technology in southwest Madagascar

Dylan S. Davis, George Manahira, François Lahiniriko, Vanillah Andriankaja, Tahirisoa Lorine Carnat, Marius Brenah Jean Clovis, Felicia Fenomanana, Laurence Hubertine, Ricky Justome, Harson Léonce, Augustin Jean Yve, Razafimagnefa Roi, Patricia Soafiavy, Faralahy Victorian, Vavisoa Voahirana, Rasoamampionina Flerita, Zafy Maharesy Chrisostome, Kristina Douglass

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This rapid communication describes a lithic blade that was recently recovered during excavations in the Velondriake Marine Protected Area in southwest Madagascar. This represents the only recorded archaeological lithic blade recovered from southwest Madagascar. The blade was recovered in situ at a depth of 1.66 m, a deposit dating to between 750 and 1200 BP at site G134, adjacent to the modern village of Antsaragnasoa. While similar in material choice (translucent-brown chert) and morphology (parallel-sided blade) to other lithics recovered at the northern sites of Ambohiposa and Lakaton’i Anja, it is significantly larger than other recorded lithics on Madagascar. More research is required but this finding suggests that lithic technology may have been more widespread on the island, particularly among coastal communities, than previously thought.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Island and Coastal Archaeology
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oceanography
  • Archaeology
  • Ecology
  • History
  • Archaeology


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