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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. 12 (1) 2014

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C. Zazzaro, E. Cocca & A. Manzo

Towards a Chronology of the Eritrean Red Sea Port of Adulis (1st – Early 7th Century AD)

Journal of African Archaeology, Volume 12 (1), 2014, pages 43-73, DOI 10.3213/2191-5784-10253

Abstract


The Eritrean coastal site of Adulis has been known to archaeologists since the second half of the 19th century. At the beginning of the 20th century, the Italian archaeologist Roberto Paribeni conducted extensive excavations in different areas of the site which uncovered the remains of monumental buildings, churches and houses, as well as rich deposits of related material culture. Since then, archaeological investigations have been limited to the activities of Francis Anfray in 1961–62 and to a survey conducted by the University of Southampton in 2003–04. Our team's first excavations in stratified deposits began in 2011, and soon revealed a complex chronological sequence of great importance for the understanding of the cultural history of the southern Red Sea region and the Horn of Africa. The project's main efforts were directed towards the identification of the main phases of occupation at Adulis, the establishment of a typological sequence of pottery, and the analysis of architectural change.


Résumé

Le site côtier d'Adoulis en Erythrée est connu depuis la seconde moitié du 19ème siècle. Au début du 20ème siècle l'archéologue italien Roberto Paribeni a mené des fouilles dans les différentes zones du site et découvert des constructions monumentales, des églises, des maisons et un abondant matériel archéologique. Par la suite, les travaux archéologiques ont été limités aux fouilles de Francis Anfray en 1961–62 et à une prospection menée par l'Université de Southampton en 2003–04. Les premières fouilles en stratigraphique ont commencé en 2011, révélant dès le début la complexité de la séquence chronologique et son importance pour la compréhension de l'histoire culturelle de la région. Les efforts ont été principalement dirigés vers la reconstruction de la séquence typologique de la céramique, l'observation des différentes techniques de construction employées au cours du temps et  l'identification des principales phases d'occupation.




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