Capstan Neolithic

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The Capsian industries of the Maghreb were succeeded by a somewhat heterogeneous series of assemblages, including pottery and — in some cases — evidence for the practice of food-production, to which the name ‘Capsian Neolithic’ [Néolithique de tradition capsienne] has generally been given. Pottery first appears in this region in the 5th millennium be, by which time domestic small stock were herded. There is as yet no conclusive evidence for domestic cattle before the 3rd millennium. In fact, several local Neolithic traditions may be recognized in the Maghreb, as at El Khril near Tangier, where the pottery shows affinities to Iberian wares, at Oued Guettara in northern Algeria, and at Capeletti in the Aures Mountains.

The Macmillan dictionary of archaeology, Ruth D. Whitehouse, 1983Copied