Archaeological excavations were carried out in 1990 in prehistorically inhabited caves sites in the Taza locality along the eastern Algerian coast. Recovered materials included stone and bone artifacts, faunal remains and a single human skull (Taza 1). A radiocarbon date for the upper cave level from which the skull was found was 16,100 B.P. While the skull, which is likely female, is very small overall, its shape compared closely with other North African cranial series. The obtained date and archaeological materials are characteristic of the Iberomaurusian industry of the Late Paleolithic period of North Africa.
Human skull from the Taza locality, Jijel, Algeria – Meier RJ, Sahnouni M, Medig M, Derradji A – Indiana University