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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. 8 (2) 2010

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Early Pottery in Northern Africa - An Overview

Journal of African Archaeology, Volume 8 (2), 2010, pages 219-238, DOI 10.3213/1612-1651-10171


Abstract
The emergence of pottery is a compelling issue for archaeologists. In Africa, pottery appeared in what is now the southern part of the Sahara and the Sahel at different localities and in different contexts in the 10th millennium bp. This paper aims to give an overview of the available data concerning early pottery in Northern Africa. The radiocarbon evidence is considered as well as technological features of the pottery, the decoration and the site context. The areas of the earliest appearance of pottery in Northern Africa were uninhabited during the hyperarid phase at the end of the Pleistocene. Intriguing questions are therefore the origin of the Early Holocene occupants and of their knowledge of potting and of course the role of early pottery in the prehistoric groups.


Résumé                                                                                                                                                   L'émergence de la céramique reste un sujet des plus fascinant pour les archéologues. En Afrique, la céramique apparaît au cours du 10e millénaire bp dans une vaste région qui correspond maintenant à la lisière sud du Sahara et au Sahel, dans des endroits divers et des contextes différents. Cette contribution vise à dresser un bilan de nos connaissances sur les plus anciennes céramiques de la partie septentrionale de l'Afrique. Les datations y sont abordées, autant que les aspects technologiques, les décors et le contexte des sites de découverte. Les régions considérées ici n'étant pas occupées pendant la phase de l'aridité extrême de la fin du Pléistocène, l'origine des premiers habitants et du « savoir céramique », ainsi que le rôle de ces premières céramiques pour les populations préhistoriques, constituent des questions importantes.




Keywords: Early Holocene, Northern Africa, pottery, Wavy Line


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