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Title:Settlement patterns, food production, and craft specialization in the Mouhoun Bend (NW Burkina Faso): preliminary results of the MOBAP 1997-1999 field seasons
Authors:Holl, Augustin F.C.ISNI
Lassina, KoteISNI
Periodical:West African Journal of Archaeology
Geographic term:Burkina Faso
Abstract:The Mouhoun Bend Archaeological Project (MOBAP) was launched in the summer of 1997. Since then, three field seasons have been organized, with the results reported in this paper referring to the 1997 and 1999 campaigns. The research project investigates the long-term change in settlement patterns, along with the shift to food producing economies and craft specialization in the Mouhoun River Bend in northwestern Burkina Faso. Three mound complexes have been tested so far. Elements of food production as well as solid evidence for technological innovation were recorded during the 1997 and 1999 field seasons. A sophisticated iron-smelting technology appears to have developed in the Mouhoun Bend between the 7th and the 5th century BC. Faunal remains have been collected but not yet studied. The most striking contribution of the MOBAP 1999 season is the large sample of botanical macro remains found within a well-delineated and structured habitation unit. This discovery opens unexpected perspectives on household archaeology in West Africa. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [ASC Leiden abstract]