One hundred years of archaeology in Niger

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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
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2003

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