African Archaeological Review

, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 65–79 | Cite as

Early Settlement and Archaeological Sequence of Northeast Yorubaland

  • Philip A. Oyelaran


This work examines the archaeological evidence for settlements in Northeast Yorubaland, using data obtained during fieldwork undertaken between 1985 and 1988. A reconnaissance survey was carried out in the vicinity of Iffe-Ijumu providing a comprehensive inventory of important archaeological features in the area. Excavations indicate that human settlement certainly extended into the ceramic phase of the West African Late Stone Age and that by at least 300 BC the rockshelters had been occupied. Evidence from the principal sites of Itaakpa, Oluwaju, and Addo indicates continuous occupation in the area during at least the last 2000 years.

Yorubaland Nigeria Late Stone Age chronology Oluwaju rockshelters 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip A. Oyelaran
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  1. 1.Department of Archaeology and AnthropologyUniversity of IbadanIbadanNigeria

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