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Chronology of Human Occupation During the Holocene in West Africa: The Dogon Country Radiocarbon Record

Published inWinds of Change: Archaeological Contributions in Honour of Peter Breunig, Editors Rupp, N., Beck Ch., Franke G. & Wendt K. P., p. 211-227
PublisherBonn : Verlag Dr. Rudolf Habelt GmbH
Collection
  • Frankfurt Archaeological Studies; 35
Publication date2017
Abstract

In this article, we propose a synthesis of the chronology of Holocene human occupations in the Dogon Country (Mali), based on 154 radiocarbon dates acquired during the research program “Human population and paleoenvironment in Africa”. The probability distributions from the calibration of the dates have been summed to produce a curve in order to visualize the rhythm of occupations, the major innovations as well as technological and cultural transitions. The spatial distribution of the chronological data is also illustrated by a series of six maps corresponding to the periods associated with the major events of the sequence. This visualization method allows us to propose a general scenario that can be compared with the chronologies of other key regions in order to understand the settlement of West Africa.

Keywords
  • Chronology
  • Radiocarbon
  • Cultural evolution
  • West Africa
  • Dogon Country
Citation (ISO format)
OZAINNE, Sylvain, MAYOR, Anne, HUYSECOM, Eric. Chronology of Human Occupation During the Holocene in West Africa: The Dogon Country Radiocarbon Record. In: Winds of Change: Archaeological Contributions in Honour of Peter Breunig. Bonn : Verlag Dr. Rudolf Habelt GmbH, 2017. p. 211–227. (Frankfurt Archaeological Studies)
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  • PID : unige:99248
ISBN978-3-7749-4074-1
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