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The Journal of African Archaeology is an international peer-reviewed periodical appearing half-yearly since 2003. It publishes original papers addressing recent research and developments in African archaeology and related disciplines. The journal's main purpose is to provide scholars and students with a new pan-African forum for discussing relevant topics on the cultural dynamics of past African societies.

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Vol. 6 (1) 2008

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K. Sadr

An ageless view of first millennium AD southern African ceramics

Journal of African Archaeology, Volume 6 (1), 2008, pages 103-129, DOI 10.3213/1612-1651-10105

Abstract
In southern Africa, the Later Stone Age and the Early Iron Age are generally treated as separate archaeologies, as if they really were different periods. In fact, the entire Iron Age overlaps with the last part of the Later Stone Age, and it is argued here that at the sub-continental scale the archaeology of one 'Age' might be better understood with reference to the other. The point is illustrated by plotting the distribution of all first millennium ceramics on the same map, regardless of their 'Age.' This sheds new light on the history of interactions and perhaps population movements in the sub-continent during the first millennium AD.

Résumé
En Afrique australe, les périodes de Later Stone Age et Early Iron Age sont généralement traitées séparement en termes d'archéologie, comme s'il s'agissait de deux périodes distinctes. En fait, le Iron Age - pris dans son ensemble -couvre la dernière partie du Later Stone Age et il est ici entendu qu'à l'échelle du sous-continent, l'archéologie d'un Age (d'une période) peut être mieux comprise à la lumière de l'autre. La distribution sur une même carte de l'ensemble des céramiques du premier millénaire de notre ère - quelque soit leur apartenance à l'un ou l'autre Age - illustre ce point. Ce qui éclaire d'un nouveau jour l'histoire des interactions, et peut-être même également les mouvements de populations, en Afrique australe au premier millénaire de notre ère.




Keywords: ceramics, Early Iron Age, Later Stone Age, Southern Africa, thick and thin wares


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