West African Iron Age
West African Iron Age tradition is found throughout the West African subcontinent from Chad to Senegal in the period from 2500 to 1200 BP. The tradition subsumes a tremendous range of variation and includes metallurgy, ceramic figurines, settlement mounds, and “defensive” works. There is evidence of variable patterns of small, shifting settlements occupied by semi-nomadic pastoralists, with a trend toward larger more permanent settlements in some areas. Subsistence strategies reflect a mosaic of adaptations suited to varying local resources and include domesticated animals and plants.
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Africa --Western Africa
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