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Oursi hu-beero. A Medieval House Complex in Burkina Faso, West Africa. By L.P. Petit, M. von Czerniewicz, and C. Pelzer (eds.). Sidestone Press, Leiden, 2011, 288 pp. ISBN 978-90-8890-067-9. € 34.95 (Paperback).

Oursi hu-beero. A Medieval House Complex in Burkina Faso, West Africa. By L.P. Petit, M. von... Oursi hu-beero (henceforth Oursi) in northeastern Burkina Faso is described in the Editors' preface as having "a lot in common" with Pompeii because the site "was rapidly buried under debris" (p. 13), and subject to minimal post-depositional disturbance. This is a significant parallel and suggests that Oursi is a site of some importance. The results of the excavations indicate that this is indeed correct; Oursi provides a view into a community living in a large building complex in the 11th to 12th centuries AD whose lifeways were preserved in many ways because the house was attacked and set on fire. The resulting conflagration helped in preserving facets of evidence often lacking on other archaeological sites in the region, as well as providing an insight into the violent end of the community. Oursi was excavated, as the foreword by Peter Breunig tells us, under the auspices of the German Research Foundation project "Man and Environment in West Africa" that was based at Goethe University, Frankfurt (Main). The volume, through 16 chapters and associated appendices, presents the excavation results in a style which the editors claim is "too drenched with interpretations" (p. 13), and that these should be challenged and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of African Archaeology Brill

Oursi hu-beero. A Medieval House Complex in Burkina Faso, West Africa. By L.P. Petit, M. von Czerniewicz, and C. Pelzer (eds.). Sidestone Press, Leiden, 2011, 288 pp. ISBN 978-90-8890-067-9. € 34.95 (Paperback).

Journal of African Archaeology , Volume 10 (1): 120 – Oct 25, 2012

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Brill
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© Copyright 2012 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1612-1651
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2191-5784
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10.3213/2191-5784-10210
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Abstract

Oursi hu-beero (henceforth Oursi) in northeastern Burkina Faso is described in the Editors' preface as having "a lot in common" with Pompeii because the site "was rapidly buried under debris" (p. 13), and subject to minimal post-depositional disturbance. This is a significant parallel and suggests that Oursi is a site of some importance. The results of the excavations indicate that this is indeed correct; Oursi provides a view into a community living in a large building complex in the 11th to 12th centuries AD whose lifeways were preserved in many ways because the house was attacked and set on fire. The resulting conflagration helped in preserving facets of evidence often lacking on other archaeological sites in the region, as well as providing an insight into the violent end of the community. Oursi was excavated, as the foreword by Peter Breunig tells us, under the auspices of the German Research Foundation project "Man and Environment in West Africa" that was based at Goethe University, Frankfurt (Main). The volume, through 16 chapters and associated appendices, presents the excavation results in a style which the editors claim is "too drenched with interpretations" (p. 13), and that these should be challenged and

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Journal of African ArchaeologyBrill

Published: Oct 25, 2012

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