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Book Book Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue
Title:Crossroads: cultural and technological developments in first millennium BC/AD West Africa = Carrefour Sahel: développements culturels et technologiques pendant le premier millénaire BC/AD dans l'Afrique de l'Ouest
Editor:Magnavita, Sonja
Series:Journal of African Archaeology, Monograph Series
City of publisher:Frankfurt am Main
Publisher:Africa Magna Verlag
Geographic terms:West Africa
conference papers (form)
Abstract:This volume contains the proceedings of the international conference 'Cultural developments and technological innovations in 1st millennium BC/AD West Africa', held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, from 12-14 March 2008. The conference was organized within the scope of the repatriation from Germany of archaeological artefacts originating from excavations undertaken during a collaborative research project conducted in Benin, Burkina Faso and Nigeria between 1988 and 2002. Thousands of archaeological finds were officially delivered to the National Museum of Ouagadougou, which subsequently organized an exhibition entitled 'Il y a 2000 ans... Carrefour Sahel'. From an African point of view, the first millennium BC and AD encompasses the origins of developments that are directly related to the modern world. These range from the emergence of fully developed food production systems to technological innovations like iron and copper metallurgy, a re-orientation from regional exchange networks to economic systems with far-reaching trade contacts, developed ritual or religious practices, and the emergence of urban life. Following a loose chronological thread, the papers in the volume deal with these themes. Contributions by Olusegun Adebayo, Chloé Albaret, Sylvie Amblard-Pison, Peter Breunig, John Chesley, Maya von Czerniewicz, Abdoul Dicko, Jean-Marc Fabre, Thomas R. Fenn, Michael D. Glascock, Hans Peter Hahn, Augustin F.C. Holl, Oumarou A. Idé, Daniel Ishaya, Hélène Jousse, Benjamin W. Kankpeyeng, Timpoko Hélène Kiénon-Kaboré, David J. Killick, Lassina Koté, Richard Kuba, Jean Célestin Ky, Scott MacEachern, Carlos Magnavita, Sonja Magnavita, Erik Melchiorre, Didier N'Dah, Samuel N. Nkumbaan, Christoph Pelzer, Alain Person, Lucas P. Petit, Rachel Popelka-Filcoff, Peter Robertshaw, Joaquin Ruiz, Moustapha Sall, Lassina Simporé, Thibault Vallette, Marilee Wood. [ASC Leiden abstract]