Articles | Volume 68, issue 2
E&G Quaternary Sci. J., 68, 201–213, 2019

Special issue: Geoarchaeology and past human–environment interactions

E&G Quaternary Sci. J., 68, 201–213, 2019

Research article 17 Oct 2019

Research article | 17 Oct 2019

Combining geomorphological–hydrological analyses and the location of settlement and raw material sites – a case study on understanding prehistoric human settlement activity in the southwestern Ethiopian Highlands

Elena A. Hensel et al.

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This study combines geomorphological–hydrological analyses with the distribution of archaeological sites and obsidian raw material outcrops within the catchment of the Bisare River, Mt Damota, and Mt Sodicho (southwestern Ethiopian Highlands). The current highly dynamic hydrological system, strong recent sediment erosion, and increased human impact lead to land degradation, resulting in exposure of lithic raw material outcrops and destruction of archaeological material.