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Author

Jackson Kimambo

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Abstract

Khoekhoe pastoralists living in Gobabeb, in the arid Kuiseb River Valley of central-western Namibia, keep goats (Capra hircus). Several decades ago, palaeontologist C.K. Brain collected modern skeletal remains of goats from these villages.  The goats were butchered using pocketknives with metal blades.  We investigated the frequency of butchery marks on a sub-sample of this collection, representing 60% of the total assemblage.  Most specimens in the collection are weathered.  Moreover, most goat specimens from Gobabeb lack butchery evidence and even the use of magnification only marginally increased this number.