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Title:Archaeology and Yoruba oral tradition
Author:Agbaje-Williams, B.ISNI
Periodical:African Notes: Bulletin of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:Oyo polity
Abstract:Much of the archaeological investigation in Yorubaland (Nigeria) has been in two of the towns - Ile-Ife and Old Oyo - that formed the nuclei of the Yoruba kingdoms of the 18th and 19th centuries. Ife, in particular, is accepted as the cradle of Yoruba civilization, while Old Oyo was the capital of the Oyo Yoruba empire of the 18th and 19th centuries. The author briefly surveys some of this archaeological work, including his own research at Old Oyo, where he was able to make an inventory of the site's archaeological features, establish a chronological sequence, and compute the population figure of Old Oyo in the 18th century. An analysis of the excavated potsherds suggests that there was no break in the ceramic tradition and that the occupation of Old Oyo had therefore been continuous from its inception. Even the sack of Old Oyo by the Nupe was not reflected in the archaeological record. Bibliogr.