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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. 3 (2) 2005

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A. Gautier & W. Van Neer

The continuous exploitation of wild animal resources in the archaeozoological record of Ghana

Journal of African Archaeology, Vol. 3 (2), 2005, pages 195-212, DOI 10.3213/1612-1651-10050


Abstract
The paper provides a critical review of the archaeozoological information from Ghanaian sites published up to now and summarizes the new faunal analysis of several Gonja and Asante sites. The data suggest the persistence of the use of the various wild animal resources available and limited reliance on domestic animals since late prehistoric times up to today, although certain resources such as molluscs, insects etc. may have limited or no visibility. Intensive utilisation of edible wild resources may be prevalent in African woodlands.
 
Résumé
L'article présente une revue critique des données archéozoologiques issues de sites au Ghana publiées jusqu'à présent et résume l'analyse faunistique de plusieurs sites Gonja et Asante. Les données suggèrent la persistance de l'utilisation des diverses ressources animales sauvages disponibles et une utilisation limitée d'animaux domestiques depuis la Préhistoire tardive jusqu'aujourd'hui, mais certaines ressources telles que mollusques, insectes etc. Peuvent être peu ou invisibles. L'utilisation intensive des ressources sauvages comestibles est peut-être caractéristique des forêts claires africaines.




Keywords: archaeozoology, fishing, Ghana, hunting, stock-breeding


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