African Archaeological Review

, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 239–258 | Cite as

Chronological Sequences in Nigerian Ceramics

  • Kit W. Wesler


Ceramic sequences are useful tools for chronology and culture history in many parts of the world but are lacking in Nigeria. The few published seriations of ceramic assemblages suffer from modes of presentation that make comparison difficult. Useful seriations require quantified sherd collections recovered from stratified deposits as frameworks, presented in a way that facilitates comparison to new assemblages and preferably calibrated by chronological indicators such as radiocarbon assays or cross-datable artifacts (e.g., European imports). Ceramic collections from three areas of Nigeria meet the minimal criteria: the Kainji Reservoir, Benin, and the Lake Chad region. This paper considers the data from each region and offers ceramic seriations as models for further testing and refinement toward the development of regional culture sequences.

Les séquences des céramiques sont les instruments utiles pour faire la chronologie et l'histoire culturelle en diverses régions du monde, mais on les manque du Nigeria. Les rares sériations imprimées des ensembles des céramiques souffrent des présentations qui rendent difficiles les comparaisons. Les sériations utiles demandent les ensembles des tessons quantifiés et récupérés des dépots stratifiés pour établir un modèle, donnés afin de faciliter la comparaison avec des ensembles nouveaux, et de préférence calibrés par les indicateurs de la chronologie comme les dates du radiocarbon ou les objets datés ailleurs (e.g., les importations européennes). Les ensembles de tessons de trois régions de Nigeria remplissent les critères minimaux: le Réservoir Kainji, Bénin, et la région du Lac Chad. Cette étude discute les données de chaque région, et propose les sériations des céramiques comme modèles qu'on peut mettre à l'épreuve des comparaisons pour mener au développement des séquences culturelles régionales.

West Africa Nigeria ceramics seritation chronology culture sequence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kit W. Wesler
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  1. 1.Wickliffe Mounds Research CenterMurray State UniversityWickliffe

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