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Title:The oldest textiles from sub-Saharan West Africa: woolen facts from Kissi, Burkina Faso
Author:Magnavita, Sonja
Year:2008
Periodical:Journal of African Archaeology
Volume:6
Issue:2
Pages:243-257
Language:English
Geographic term:Burkina Faso
Subjects:archaeology
Iron Age
textiles
weaving
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External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/43135457
Abstract:The textile evidence for the archaeological site of Kissi, Burkina Faso, is presented and the implications for the history of weaving in West Africa are discussed. Woollen textiles have been preserved in Iron Age graves of the first millennium AD due to the corrosion of metal objects in the graves. This lucky circumstance adds further examples to the very small corpus of first millennium AD textile finds, pushing back in time the evidence for the demand and use of cloth in sub-Saharan Africa. App., bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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