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Volume-editor Anne Haour

Courtesy of NASA/USGS MAP 3 Archaeological sites of Dendi. Stars indicate sites where potsherd pavements were noted Map Produced by Nadia Khalaf Using Landsat 8 Imagery Courtesy of USGS/NASA MAP 4 Present-day villages and towns of Dendi Map by Jean-François Pinet, Based on Various Sources (Google Earth

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Anne Haour

indications of the archaeological importance of Dendi; but opening the well-known volume Vallées du Niger (1993), for instance, will suffice to demonstrate how little coverage existed of the Benin segment. This book begins to fill this gap, presenting as it does the main results of a five-year project

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Alexandre Livingstone Smith

incised lines and twisted cord roulette, as well as a large fragment of pottery decorated with a rocked blade. Pottery decorated with folded strip roulette is present at the bottom of the excavation. A cowrie was recovered from level 20–30 cm. 9 Interpretation and Cultural Attribution Garou is described

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Ronika K. Power and Anne Haour

site. Material from the sites of Kantoro and Kozungu, and from a small trial excavation on one of the islets on the Niger River at the level of the hamlet of Pekinga, are also presented. The majority of the remains are fragmentary and dispersed. The nature of some of the contexts in which they were

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Veerle Linseele and Wim Wouters

of a sizeable seasonal stream with the Niger. In the present village of Bogo Bogo ( GOG ) (phase 5), less than 10km from the Niger but on a dry plateau and at the highest altitude (ca. 198m a.s.l.) of all studied localities, a small trench was dug in the oldest house, revealing three horizons and two

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Anne Haour, Olivier Gosselain, Alexandre Livingstone Smith, Sam Nixon and Didier N’Dah

that the settling of the present-day population was in its final phase in the fourteenth century, not in the eighteenth century, which had been the initial assumption of the researchers (see Haour & N’Dah, this volume). This approach also helped to better characterise the chronocultural frame thanks to

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Romuald Tchibozo

modelled clay objects from Jarma (Libya) by Townsend (2013) served as a useful model; it adopted the principle of ordering each item by category, form and genre. The items described in the present chapter are studied as a whole, without discrimination by site or year of discovery, distinguishing them

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Caroline Robion-Brunner

Destruction Risks The road had cut a small part of the archaeological site, and the inhabitants of the present day village of Gorouberi cultivate its lands. Mitigation measures are not urgent. 5 Site The site of Gorouberi appears to be big settlement mound overlooking the Niger flood plain. The land is used

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Raoul Laïbi, Didier N’Dah and Paul Adderley

discusses these factors for the wider region, but focuses particularly on the mound of Birnin Lafiya, which is approximately 2 km from the present-day course of the Niger River, close to the modern village of the same name. The Birnin Lafiya site presents as an abandoned tell and is currently under

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Alexandre Livingstone Smith, Louis Champion and Nicolas Nikis

absence of African rice ( Oryza glaberrima), Vigna unguiculata and Digitaria . Pearl millet is still present but in lower quantities. Sorghum ( Sorghum bicolor ) is present in Context 8 and 16. Nuts (indeterminate), Adansonia digitata, Elaeis guineensis, Canarium schweinfurthii have been identified in