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H 290 x W 205 mm

260 pages

317 figures, 27 tables (83 colour pages)

Published May 2019

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781789691382

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Palaeolithic; Middle Stone Age; Nigeria; West Africa

The Middle Stone Age of Nigeria in its West African Context

By Philip Allsworth-Jones

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A fully up-to-date account of the evidence relating to the Middle Stone Age in Nigeria and the other countries of West Africa, based upon the author’s own fieldwork and extensive personal knowledge of the region and its archaeology.



List of Figures; List of Tables; Preface; Chapter 1: The Middle Stone Age in West Africa: Introduction; Chapter 2: The Middle Stone Age of Nigeria; Chapter 3: The Middle Stone Age in West Africa; Chapter 4: West Africa: regional summary; Chapter 5: A wider perspective

About the Author

PHILIP ALLSWORTH-JONES completed his PhD on the European Palaeolithic in Cambridge, before serving as a staff member of the Department of Archaeology in Ibadan for a number of years, during which time much of the fieldwork described in this work was carried out. He subsequently held an analogous appointment at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica, but he has continued to take an interest in West Africa up to this day. He is currently an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Archaeology of the University of Sheffield, and while holding this appointment he has in recent years published a number of works on Nigeria, including the results of his excavations at the rock shelter sites of Itaakpa and Kariya Wuro. This is however his first attempt to tell the story of the Middle Stone Age in West Africa as a whole in book form.


'This is a very well-researched text on the Middle Stone Age (MSA) of Nigeria in particular and West Africa in general... It is a text that every archaeologist, irrespective of their area of specialization, should have on the bookshelf as a reference material. – Raphael A. Alabi (2020): African Archaeological Review

‘Although it declares to speak only of the Middle Stone Age of Nigeria in the West African context, this work will become the reference work on the Middle Stone Age of a West Africa stretching from Senegal to Cameroon. – Alain Marliac (2022): Journal des Africanistes 2021, 91-2