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New findings on the significance of Jebel Moya in the eastern Sahel

Brass, M; Fuller, DQ; MacDonald, K; Stevens, C; Adam, A; Kozieradzka-Ogunmakin, I; Abdallah, R; ... Abdelrahman, A; + view all (2019) New findings on the significance of Jebel Moya in the eastern Sahel. Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa , 54 (4) pp. 425-444. 10.1080/0067270x.2019.1691845. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper presents new excavation data and new radiometric dates for Jebel Moya, south-central Sudan. These data suggest revisions to previous chronological understandings of the site. New excavations, initiated in 2017, show a longer, more continuous occupation of the site than has been previously recognised. Archaeozoological and archaeobotanical analyses provide evidence for domesticated taxa. Archaeobotanical evidence is dominated by domesticated sorghum (Sorghum bicolor), radiocarbon dated to c. 2550–2210 BC. Faunal remains include cattle and goat/sheep. A late third-millennium BC date on the human skeleton excavated in the 2017 season also shows that mortuary activity began early in the site’s history, contemporary with domesticated faunal and botanical remains. These initial results indicate the long-term association of the site with pastoralism and agriculture and with environmental change. Jebel Moya’s continued potential to serve as a chronological and cultural reference point for future studies in south-central Sudan and the eastern Sahel is reinforced.

Type: Article
Title: New findings on the significance of Jebel Moya in the eastern Sahel
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/0067270x.2019.1691845
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/0067270x.2019.1691845
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.
Keywords: Jebel Moya, Cemeteries, Sorghum, Sudan, Agro-Pastoralism
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10086998
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