Skip to main content
Ref ID: 27708
Ref Type: Journal Article
Authors: Barton, H.
Piper, P. J.
Rabett, R. J.
Reeds, I.
Title: Composite hunting technologies from the terminal Pleistocene and early Holocene, Niah Cave, Borneo
Date: 2009
Source: Journal of Archaeological Science
Abstract: Renewed archaeological investigation of the West Mouth of Niah Cave, Borneo has demonstrated that even within lowland equatorial environments depositional conditions do exist where organic remains of late glacial and early post-glacial age can be preserved. Excavations by the Niah Cave Research Project (NCP) (2000–2003) towards the rear of the archaeological reserve produced several bone points and worked stingray spines, which exhibit evidence of hafting mastic and fibrous binding still adhering to their shafts. The position of both gives strong indication of how these cartilaginous points were hafted and gives insight into their potential function. These artefacts were recovered from secure and 14<sup>C</sup> dated stratigraphic horizons. The results of this study have implications for our understanding the function of the Terminal Pleistocene and Early Holocene bone tools recovered from other regions of Island Southeast Asia. They demonstrate that by the end the Pleistocene rainforest foragers in Borneo were producing composite technologies that probably included fishing leisters and potentially the bow and arrow.
Date Created: 4/13/2016
Volume: 36
Number: 8
Page Start: 1708
Page End: 1714