The Songwe River sites

Most of our attention has been paid to sites along the Songwe River which flows from the highlands north into Lake Rukwa. At the north end, near the village of Galula, there are extensive lacustrine deposits which mark the presence of a much larger lake in the past. Further south, there are a series of river terraces formed during the Pleistocene. Most of the MSA sites are found on these.One area, near Njelenje, but locally known as Mapogoro, has a series of volcanic koppie or boulder rockshelters. This has been the focus of our attention.

Map of Lake Rukwa

Southwestern Tanzania showing Mbeya City and Lake Rukwa.

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