THE CONTINUOUS EXPLOITATION OF WILD ANIMAL RESOURCES IN THE ARCHAEOZOOLOGICAL RECORD OF GHANA

Journal of African Archaeology
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  • 1 Palaeontology Research Unit Ghent University
  • 2 Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
  • 3 Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Laboratory of Comparative Anatomy and Biodiversity

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The paper provides a critical review of the archaeozoological information from Ghanaian sites published up to now and summarizes the new faunal analysis of several Gonja and Asante sites. The data suggest the persistence of the use of the various wild animal resources available and limited reliance on domestic animals since late prehistoric times up to today, although certain resources such as molluscs, insects etc. may have limited or no visibility. Intensive utilisation of edible wild resources may be prevalent in African woodlands.

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