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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. 9 (1) 2011

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A. González-Ruibal, L. Picornell Gelabert & A. Valenciano Mañé

Early Iron Age Burials from Equatorial Guinea: The Sites of Corisco Island

Journal of African Archaeology, Volume 9 (1), 2011, pages 41-66, DOI 10.3213/1612-1651-10182

Abstract
During a survey undertaken on the Island of Corisco, also known as Mandji (Equatorial Guinea), in 2009, several sites of the Early and Late Iron Age were recorded. The most spectacular discoveries are three burial sites, the largest of which has yielded several intact tombs with many artefacts (axes, spears, anklets, bracelets, complete pots) radiocarbon dated to 410–640 cal AD. Objects, structures and ritual activities are similar to those documented in Early Iron Age cemeteries in Cameroon in recent years. The new data from Corisco contribute to change the image of the early iron-using societies in Equatorial Africa.

Résumé
Grâce à une prospection archéologique menée en 2009 dans l'île de Corisco, aussi connue sous le nom de Mandji (Guinée Equatoriale), plusieurs sites de l'Âge du Fer Ancien et Récent ont été découverts. Les découvertes les plus spectaculaires sont trois sites avec des inhumations, dont le plus large a livré diverses tombes assez bien conservées et datées par le 14C de 410–640 cal AD. Objets, structures et activités rituelles sont identiques à ceux documentés récemment au Cameroun. Les nouvelles données de Corisco contribueront à changer l'image des premières sociétés métallurgiques en Afrique Equatoriale.




Keywords: ancient metallurgy, burial customs, Central Africa, early Iron Age, equatorial forest, Gulf of Guinea, islands


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