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African Archaeological Review

, Volume 26, Issue 2, pp 155–157 | Cite as

Tereba Togola, Archaeological Investigations of Iron Age Sites in the Mema Region, Mali (West Africa)

Cambridge Monographs in African Archaeology 73. Oxford, Hadrian Books, 2008, 105 pp. ISBN 978 1 4073 0178 5
  • Randi Håland
Book Review

The reviewed book by the late Tereba Togola is an important contribution not only to the archaeology of Méma but to Mali as a whole. It is based on fieldwork undertaken in the winter of 1989–90. Altogether, 137 sites were found. Of these, 28 were Late Stone Age sites (LSA) sites and 109 Iron Age sites (IA). This is quite remarkable, coming from an area, which is often referred to as the “Dead Delta”. The sites discussed in this book have been surveyed and test excavated by the author with the assistance of former students from Rice University and University College London. The main bulk of the sites are dated to the Middle Iron Age (MIA) but span in time from the 3rd–4th millennium BC to the 16th century AD, the Late Iron Age (LIA). The publication of this work is crucial for our understanding of the settlement of the Inland Delta of Niger, and the emergence of urbanism in the region. Some of the settlement mounds are quite large, up to 80 ha and dated to the MIA, from the 7th to the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and ReligionUniversity of BergenBergenNorway

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