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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. 1 (1) 2003

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S. Magnavita

The beads of Kissi, Burkina Faso

Journal of African Archaeology, Vol. 1 (1), 2003, pages 127-138, DOI 10.3213/1612-1651-10005

Abstract
Archaeological investigations on settlements and graveyards near the Mare de Kissi in NE Burkina Faso proved human occupation at that location at least from the 4th century BC up to the 12th/13th century AD. Among others, one important category of finds recovered from excavations are beads: about five thousand of various materials were found, especially as grave goods in the cemeteries, but also in the settlement zones. A clear imbalance in raw materials is visible between beads found in the latter and those from the cemeteries: there is a trend towards low value, local materials in the settlement zones, while a large part of the beads found in the graves consisted of imported items demonstrating wealth and important trade relations of that society.

Résumé
Les recherches archéologiques dans les zones d'habitat et d'inhumation près de la Mare de Kissi au NE du Burkina Faso ont montré que l'occupation humaine dans cette région s'étendait au moins entre le 4e siècle BC et le 12e/13e siècle AD. Les perles constituent une part importante des vestiges archéologiques: près de 5000 perles de différents matériaux ont été découvertes, principalement en contexte funéraire, mais aussi dans les zones d'habitation. Une distribution préférentielle des matières premières est visible entre les perles mises au jour dans les zones d'habitation et celles des cimetières : il y a une tendance à l'utilisation de matériaux de moindre valeur dans les zones d'habitation, alors que les perles trouvées dans les cimetières montrent la richesse et les importantes relations économiques de cette société.




Keywords: beads, glass, Iron Age, Niger Bend, trade, trans-Saharan contacts


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