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Title:Radiocarbon dates of sites in north-west Central African Republic: the case of Ndio
Authors:Zangato, EtienneISNI
Saliege, Jean-François
Periodical:West African Journal of Archaeology
Geographic term:Central African Republic
Abstract:Archaeological excavations carried out at Bouar in the northwestern region of the Central African Republic between 1961 and 1987 have permitted the registration of 44 sites consisting of 40 'Tazunu' ('standing stones') megalithic sites and 4 village sites, the acquisition of a large number of archaeological remains and a series of more than 60 radiocarbon dates, covering a long chronological sequence from (in calibrated dates) 2135-1612 BC to AD 1678-1955. Certain main features emerge from this regional chronocultural evolution: the existence of iron metallurgy during the premegalithic period, but the first appearance of Tazunu monuments is yet to be proven. Lastly, the stoppage of megalithic construction around the 18th century AD corresponds probably to the colonial period. Bibliogr., sum.