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The emergence of pottery in Africa during the tenth millenium cal BC : new evidence from Ounjougou (Mali)

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Rasse, Michel
Lespez, Laurent
Neumann, Katharina
Fahmy, Ahmed
Ballouche, Aziz
Maggetti, Marino
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Published in Antiquity. 2009, vol. 83, no. 322, p. 905-917
Collection Open Access - Licence nationale Cambridge University Press
Abstract New excavations in ravines at Ounjougou in Mali have brought to light a lithic and ceramic assemblage that dates from before 9400 cal BC. The authors show that this first use of pottery coincides with a warm wet period in the Sahara. As in East Asia, where very early ceramics are also known, the pottery and small bifacial arrowheads were the components of a new subsistence strategy exploiting an ecology associated with abundant wild grasses. In Africa, however, the seeds were probably boiled (then as now)rather than made into bread.
Keywords Afrique-ouestMaliCéramiqueIndustrie-lithiquePointe de flècheHolocène ancienSubsistance
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HUYSECOM, Eric et al. The emergence of pottery in Africa during the tenth millenium cal BC : new evidence from Ounjougou (Mali). In: Antiquity, 2009, vol. 83, n° 322, p. 905-917. doi: 10.1017/s0003598x00099245 https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:12635

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