Collection Description

Tradition Name

West African Iron Age

Tradition Description

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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Region

Africa --Western Africa

Countries

Cameroon

Mali

Nigeria

Senegal

Togo

OWC Code

FA75

Number of Documents

17

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Number of Pages

1926

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