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Title:Gogo Falls: A Complex Site East of Lake Victoria
Author:Robertshaw, PeterISNI
Periodical:Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Kenya
East Africa
Anthropology and Archaeology
Anthropology, Folklore, Culture
Archaeological sites
Gogo Falls (Kenya)
Lake Victoria
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/00672709109511425
Abstract:Gogo Falls is a multicomponent open site located in the eastern Lake Victoria basin (Kenya). The sequence of occupation horizons at the site spans several millennia during which a number of major technological and economic changes occurred, including the first appearance of pottery, domestic animals and iron artefacts. Several cultural traditions, recognized on the basis of pottery and stone artefact assemblages, are represented in the deposits at Gogo Falls. This paper is the final site report on excavations at Gogo Falls in late 1983. It presents descriptions of the excavations, stratigraphy and dating, notably of the Oltome ceramic tradition, together with the results of the analysis of all the artefacts. Specialist reports by Fiona Marshall, Kathlyn Stewart, Wilma Wetterstrom, and Guus Lange are appended on the faunal and floral remains. It was envisaged that the results of the excavations would address several issues: the role of domestic animals in the Oltome economy; the character of Oltome subsistence away from the lakeshore and the integration of both Gogo Falls and the shell middens into a settlement system; the dating of the Oltome tradition and of the appearance of the Early Iron Age. Moreover, considerable effort was to be made in recovering botanical remains in order to acquire data on the plant food component of Oltome subsistence and possibly on the beginnings of agriculture. App., bibliogr.