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Title:Ethnoarchaeology of Domestic Space and Spatial Behaviour Among the Tiv and Ungwai of Central Nigeria
Author:Ogundele, Samuel O.
Year:2005
Periodical:African Archaeological Review
Volume:22
Issue:1
Period:March
Pages:25-54
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:Tiv
Ngwoi
settlement patterns
dwellings
architecture
archaeology
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Anthropology and Archaeology
Link:http://www.springerlink.com/content/q088w134nj525507/fulltext.pdf
Abstract:This paper uses ethnoarchaeology to clarify aspects of domestic space and spatial behaviour among the Tiv and Ungwai peoples of central Nigeria. It is a comparative study of two ethnolinguistic groups who occupy a similar ecological niche with broadly similar sociopolitical organizations. This mode of organization is noncentralized in character. In addition, the two peoples had a tradition of hilltop occupation in ancient times. Differences in topography (hilltops for the ancient settlers and lowlands for the present-day peoples) have affected not only the compound layout of each of these ethnic groups, but also the architecture of their houses. Given the limited available archaeological data, including charcoal samples for dating, it is not yet possible to ascribe specific functions to some of the structures identified at the archaeological sites. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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