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The Oldest Textiles from Sub-Saharan West Africa: Woolen Facts from Kissi, Burkina Faso

The Oldest Textiles from Sub-Saharan West Africa: Woolen Facts from Kissi, Burkina Faso The textile evidence for the archaeological site of Kissi, Burkina Faso, is presented and the implications for the history of weaving in West Africa are discussed. Woolen textiles have been preserved in Iron Age graves of the first millennium AD due to the corrosion of metal objects in the graves. This lucky circumstance adds further examples to the very small corpus of first millennium AD textile finds, pushing back in time the evidence for the demand and use of cloth in sub-Saharan Africa. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of African Archaeology Brill

The Oldest Textiles from Sub-Saharan West Africa: Woolen Facts from Kissi, Burkina Faso

Journal of African Archaeology , Volume 6 (2): 243 – Oct 25, 2008

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Brill
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© Copyright 2008 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1612-1651
eISSN
2191-5784
DOI
10.3213/1612-1651-10118
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Abstract

The textile evidence for the archaeological site of Kissi, Burkina Faso, is presented and the implications for the history of weaving in West Africa are discussed. Woolen textiles have been preserved in Iron Age graves of the first millennium AD due to the corrosion of metal objects in the graves. This lucky circumstance adds further examples to the very small corpus of first millennium AD textile finds, pushing back in time the evidence for the demand and use of cloth in sub-Saharan Africa.

Journal

Journal of African ArchaeologyBrill

Published: Oct 25, 2008

Keywords: Textiles; wool; weaving; loom; fibers; Sahel; Burkina Faso

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