One hundred years of archaeology in Niger

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Abstract

This paper considers, under rough chronological headings, work undertaken in Niger in the past century. Sites relevant to the Pleistocene occupation of the Sahara, to the adoption of elements of a “Neolithic package,” to the (perhaps misleadingly late) occupation of the Sahel, to alleged metalworking 3000 years ago, and to social complexity, are described and discussed. These data carry a relevance far beyond their immediate area, and the most fruitful application of the archaeology of Niger is to be found in theoretical rethinking.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-234
Number of pages54
JournalJournal of World Prehistory
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2003

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