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The Journal of African Archaeology is an international peer-reviewed periodical appearing half-yearly since 2003. It publishes original papers addressing recent research and developments in African archaeology and related disciplines. The journal's main purpose is to provide scholars and students with a new pan-African forum for discussing relevant topics on the cultural dynamics of past African societies.

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Vol. 5 (2) 2007

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G. Connah

A pottery corpus for Daima

Journal of African Archaeology, Volume 5 (2), 2007, pages 245-270, DOI 10.3213/1612-1651-10094

Abstract
A complete set of drawings of the pottery excavated from the Daima mound in 1966 is presented here for the first time. Previously only a small selection of these has been available in a published form. The drawings provide a visual guide to the ceramic sequence at this site from the first millennium BC to the early part of the second millennium AD. In general it can be seen that flat-based pots, three-legged pots, carved roulettes and nodular roulettes characterized the third phase of the site; the first appearance of twisted cord roulettes occurred in the second phase; and comb-stamping and comb-drawing were most common in the first and second phases. In addition there was a gradual change throughout the sequence from smaller vessels of fine ware to larger ones of coarser fabric. Overall, it is hoped that these illustrations will contribute to the growth of comparative ceramic studies of the last three millennia in the West African Sahel.

Résumé
Un ensemble complet de dessins des poteries extraites du site de Daima en 1966 est présenté ici pour la première fois. Auparavant, seule une sélection réduite de ces dessins avait été publiée. Ces dessins constituent un guide visuel de la série de céramiques de ce site, dont la production s'échelonne entre le premier millénaire avant JC et le début du second millénaire après JC. La troisième phase de ce site est caractérisée, de façon générale, par des pots à fond plat, des pots tripodes, et l'usage de roulettes gravées, de roulettes à cordes torsadées, et de roulettes à noeud. Les roulettes à corde torsadée sont apparues pour la première fois au cours de la seconde phase tandis que l'impression et le dessin au peigne étaient plus communs lors de la première et la seconde phase. En outre, au cours de la séquence on passe progressivement de petits récipients de poterie fine à de plus grands récipients, faits de matériaux plus grossiers. On espère ainsi avec ces illustrations contribuer à l'accroissement des études comparatives des céramiques des trois derniers millénaires, provenant du Sahel en Afrique de l'Ouest.




Keywords: archaeological archives, Borno, Daima, Nigeria, pottery


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