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Iron Age Landscapes of the Benue River Valley, Cameroon

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  • David Wright
  • Scott MacEachern
  • Jungyu Choi
  • Jeong-Heon Choi
  • Carol Lang
  • Jean-Marie Datouang Djoussou

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JournalJournal of Field Archaeology
DateAccepted/In press - 9 Sep 2016
DateE-pub ahead of print (current) - 11 Sep 2017
Number of pages15
Pages (from-to)1-15
Early online date11/09/17
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Iron Age settlements of northern Cameroon were dispersed across the landscape, taking advantage of different eco-climatic zones to exploit a variety of natural resources. Situated at the cusp of high and low terraces of the Benue River, mound sites in the area around Garoua have occupation histories spanning multiple centuries. The site of Langui-Tchéboua displays evidence for rapid accumulation of sediments approximately 700 years ago, which may have been a deliberate construction strategy that would have allowed the site’s inhabitants to exploit resources in both floodplain and dryland contexts. The combined use of multiple dating methods and micromorphology provide novel insights into both the mechanisms of anthropogenic landscape change and possible motivations governing those choices.

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    Research areas

  • Cameroon, landscape, Benue River, Terraces

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