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On the Margins of Ghana and Kawkaw: Four seasons of excavation at Tongo Maaré Diabal (AD 500-1150), Mali

Gestrich, N; Macdonald, KC; (2018) On the Margins of Ghana and Kawkaw: Four seasons of excavation at Tongo Maaré Diabal (AD 500-1150), Mali. Journal of African Archaeology , 16 10.1163/21915784-20180001.

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This article summarises the results of four seasons of excavation at Tongo Maaré Diabal (AD 500-1150), near Douentza, Mali. Deep stratigraphic excavations were directed by MacDonald and Togola in 1993, 1995 and by MacDonald in 1996. Complementary, large exposure excavations of the abandonment layer were undertaken by Gestrich in 2010. The combined excavation results speak to topics of craft specialisation, trade, and social organisation. They provide evidence of a specialised blacksmithing community situated at the margins of early Middle Niger and Niger Bend statehood and urbanisation.Le présent article porte sur les résultats de quatre saisons de fouilles sur le site de Tongo Maaré Diabal (AD 500-1150), non loin de la ville de Douentza au Mali. Des fouilles stratigraphiques en profondeur ont été réalisées par MacDonald et Togola en 1993 et 1995 ; et par MacDonald en 1996. Des fouilles complémentaires du dernier horizon d’occupation ont été réalisées sur une grande surface par Gestrich en 2010. Les résultats de ces campagnes portent sur des thèmes de la spécialisation artisanale, du commerce et de l’organisation sociale. Ils nous permettent de décrire une communauté des métallurgistes spécialisées, située en marges des anciens développements étatiques et urbains du Moyen Niger et de la Boucle du Niger.This article is in English.

Type: Article
Title: On the Margins of Ghana and Kawkaw: Four seasons of excavation at Tongo Maaré Diabal (AD 500-1150), Mali
DOI: 10.1163/21915784-20180001
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1163/21915784-20180001
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10048848
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