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Title:Zilum: A Mid-First Millennium BC Fortified Settlement Near Lake Chad
Authors:Magnavita, Carlos
Breunig, P.
Ameje, J.
Posselt, M.
Year:2006
Periodical:Journal of African Archaeology
Volume:4
Issue:1
Pages:153-169
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:archaeology
prehistory
fortifications
Anthropology and Archaeology
History and Exploration
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/43135397
Abstract:In the last few years, archaeological investigations carried out at the mid-first millennium BC settlement site of Zilum, Nigeria, have integrated magnetic survey, a geophysical technique, as an additional source of information. Amongst other results, the magnetic survey revealed the presence of an archaeological feature that encloses the entire settlement area. Excavations show that this feature consists of a ditch. Dimensions and shape suggest that its function was to restrict access to the settlement. Although direct evidence is missing, the ditch was most probably accompanied by an earth rampart or wall, now completely decayed. Based on the available data, it seems likely that Zilum was a fortified settlement. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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