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A NEW CONTRIBUTION TO THE HISTORY OF PASTORALISM IN WEST AFRICA

A NEW CONTRIBUTION TO THE HISTORY OF PASTORALISM IN WEST AFRICA Archaeological and faunal evidence from West African Neolithic sites, including those containing shorthorn cattle from 4000 years bp, shows that cattle spread out progressively from the Saharan uplands through the Sahel and along the Atlantic coast. These migrations were modulated by Holocene climatic fluctuations in which alternating wet and dry phases altered natural ecosystems and opened up new areas to pastoralism. At the same time, the Neolithic populations were forced to modify their cultural and economic practices, culminating in the social changes that characterised the final stages of the Neolithic. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of African Archaeology Brill

A NEW CONTRIBUTION TO THE HISTORY OF PASTORALISM IN WEST AFRICA

Journal of African Archaeology , Volume 2 (2): 187 – Oct 25, 2004

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Brill
Copyright
© Copyright 2004 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1612-1651
eISSN
2191-5784
DOI
10.3213/1612-1651-10027
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Abstract

Archaeological and faunal evidence from West African Neolithic sites, including those containing shorthorn cattle from 4000 years bp, shows that cattle spread out progressively from the Saharan uplands through the Sahel and along the Atlantic coast. These migrations were modulated by Holocene climatic fluctuations in which alternating wet and dry phases altered natural ecosystems and opened up new areas to pastoralism. At the same time, the Neolithic populations were forced to modify their cultural and economic practices, culminating in the social changes that characterised the final stages of the Neolithic.

Journal

Journal of African ArchaeologyBrill

Published: Oct 25, 2004

Keywords: Neolithic; West Africa; shorthorn cattle; pastoral activities; migration

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