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H 290 x W 205 mm

324 pages

Illustrated throughout with 142 colour plates

Published May 2016

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781784913519

Digital: 9781784913526

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By Jeffrey H. Altschul, Ibrahima Thiaw, Gerald Wait

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This report makes a significant contribution to the archaeology and ethnography of eastern Senegal. Combining ethnographic and archaeological data yields a picture of a period of intense social change at the end of the 19th c. and extended well into the mid-20th c.



Chapter 1: Introduction; Chapter 2: Environment and Culture History in Southeastern Senegal; Chapter 3: Village Histories and Ethnography within the Oromin Sabodala Concession; Chapter 4: Archaeological Field Methods; Chapter 5: Archaeological Survey and Test-Excavation Results; Chapter 6: Artifact Analyses; Chapter 7: Geoarchaeological Investigations; Chapter 8: Where Are the Sites, and Why Are They There? A Methodological Exercise in Archaeological Predictive Modeling; Chapter 9: Settlement Dynamics in Beledougou in the Second Millennium a.d.; Chapter 10: Summary; Appendix A: Gazetteer of Sites; Appendix B: Gazetteer of Features and Sites; Appendix C: Ceramic Decorative Techniques; Appendix D: Ceramic Rim Sherd Data