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

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
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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Research groups Laboratoire d'archéologie et peuplement de l'Afrique (APA)
Unité d'anthropologie

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