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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. 6 (1) 2008

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S. Biagetti & S. di Lernia

Combining intensive field survey and digital technologies: new data on the Garamantian castles of Wadi Awiss, Acacus Mts., Libyan Sahara

Journal of African Archaeology, Volume 6 (1), 2008, pages 57-85, DOI 10.3213/1612-1651-10103

Abstract
In recent years, Garamantian archaeology has received renewed attention from historians and archaeologists, particularly in the south-western corner of Libya in the central Sahara. This paper focuses on the potential of intensive field surveys and digital technologies as applied to a particular segment of the Garamantian state: the 'castles' of Wadi Awiss and their associated contexts – necropoleis and site remains. The combination of a field survey, selected settlement soundings and territorial funerary data provided additional information on the chronological and functional organization of the Garamantian system.

Résumé
Récemment, l'archéologie des Garamantes a fait l'objet d'une attention renouvelée de la part des historiens et des archéologues, particulièrement en ce qui concerne la partie sud-orientale de la Libye, dans le Sahara Central. Ce travail développe les potentialités des prospections de terrain et des technologies numériques. Ces méthodologies ont été appliquées à une expression particulière de l'état des Garamantes : les châteaux de Wadi Awiss et les contextes associés (les nécropoles et les sites). La combinaison de prospections de terrain, de sondages de certains habitats et de données funéraires territoriales fournit des nouvelles informations sur l'organisation du système des Garamantes.




Keywords: digital technologies, funerary archaeology, Garamantes, intensive survey, non-destructive methods, Sahara


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