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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. 1 (1) 2003

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G. Connah & S.G.H. Daniels

Mining the archives: a pottery sequence for Borno, Nigeria

Journal of African Archaeology, Vol. 1 (1), 2003, pages 39-76, DOI 10.3213/1612-1651-10002

Abstract
New archaeological research in Borno by the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, has included the analysis of pottery excavated from several sites during the 1990s. This important investigation made us search through our old files for a statistical analysis of pottery from the same region, which although completed in 1981 was never published. The material came from approximately one hundred surface collections and seven excavated sites, spread over a wide area, and resulted from fieldwork in the 1960s and 1970s. Although old, the analysis remains relevant because it provides a broad geographical context for the more recent work, as well as a large body of independent data with which the new findings can be compared. It also indicates variations in both time and space that have implications for the human history of the area, hinting at the ongoing potential of broadscale pottery analysis in this part of West Africa and having wider implications of relevance to the study of archaeological pottery elsewhere.

Résumé
Les nouvelles recherches à Borno menées par l'Université Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe de Francfort sur Main (Allemagne) comprennent une analyse de la poterie découverte sur plusieurs sites dans les années 1980. Cette enquête nous a conduits à reprendre dans nos vieux dossiers une étude statistique de la poterie de cette même région achevée en 1981 mais qui n'avait jamais été publiée. Le matériel provenait de travaux de terrain des années 1960 et 1970 sur une centaine de sites de surface et de sept sites fouillés, dispersés sur un vaste territoire. Bien que les données soient anciennes, cette analyse est pertinente car elle fournit un large contexte géographique pour les travaux plus récents ainsi qu'un important corpus de données indépendantes avec lesquelles comparer les nouvelles découvertes. Elle indique aussi des variations à la fois dans le temps et l'espace qui ont des implications pour l'histoire humaine dans cette région. Tout cela démontre le potentiel en développent de l'analyse à grande échelle de la poterie pour cette partie de l'Afrique de l'ouest et la pertinence de son application à des séries archéologiques d'autre régions.




Keywords: Borno, Nigeria, pottery sequence, spatial distribution, statistical analysis


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