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Title:Pottery from archaeological experimental site, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Ibadan, Nigeria
Author:Aleru, J.O.
Periodical:African Notes: Bulletin of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan
Geographic term:Nigeria
Abstract:The present ethnoarchaeological study of Yoruba pottery recovered from the midden mound at Adesina-Oja village (now the site of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Ibadan, Nigeria) during excavations conducted between 1983 and 1985 is based essentially on typological reconstruction in which sherd samples were categorized into vessel types. Rim sherds were essentially more diagnostic in the recognition of vessel types than body sherds. They were first classified into different vessel types on the basis of observed morphological variations. Two broad categories of vessel types were discerned: pots and bowls. Secondly, the relevance of form and function as type determinants was considered. Thirdly, the use of aesthetic or decorative attributes as a yardstick for typological variations was noted to be of less relevance than function and form. Ethnographic research carried out in the area indicated that some of the vessel types are still being made. Bibliogr., sum.