Journal article

The emergence of pottery in Africa during the tenth millennium cal BC: new evidence from Ounjougou (Mali)

  • Huysecom, E. Department of Anthropology and Ecology, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Rasse, M. Lab. Ledra, CNRS-UMR, University of Rouen, France - lab. AnTET – Arscan UMR, University of Paris-X, France - Lab. AnTET – Arscan, University of Paris-X, Nanterre, France
  • Lespez, L. Lab. Geophen-LETG-UMR, University of Caen-Basse Normandie, France
  • Neumann, K. Institute of Archaeological Sciences, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Fahmy, A. Department of Botany, University of Helwan, Cairo, Egypt
  • Ballouche, A. Lab. Environmental Studies on Anthropogenic Systems, University of Angers, France
  • Ozainne, S. Department of Anthropology and Ecology, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Maggetti, Marino Department of Geosciences, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Tribolo, Ch. CRP2A, UMR 5060, University of Bordeaux, France
  • Soriano, S. Lab. AnTET – Arscan, University of Paris-X, Nanterre, France
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    2009
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  • Antiquity. - 2009, vol. 83, no. 322, p. 905-917
English New excavations in ravines at Ounjougou in Mali have brought to light a lithic and ceramic assemblage that dates from before 9400 cal BC. The authors show that this first use of pottery coincides with a warm wet period in the Sahara. As in East Asia, where very early ceramics are also known, the pottery and small bifacial arrowheads were the components of a new subsistence strategy exploiting an ecology associated with abundant wild grasses. In Africa, however, the seeds were probably boiled (then as now) rather than made into bread.
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Faculté des sciences et de médecine
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Département de Géosciences
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  • English
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Archeology
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