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Early Iron Age burials from Equatorial Guinea: the sites of Corisco Island

Other TitlesTombes de la Première Age du Fer en Guinée Equatoriale : le sites de l’île de Corisco
AuthorsGonzález-Ruibal, Alfredo ; Picornell Gelabert, Llorenç; Valenciano Mañé, Alba
KeywordsEarly Iron Age
Central Africa
Gulf of Guinea
Equatorial Guinea
Equatorial forest
Iron metallurgy
Burial customs
Island archaeology
Âge du Fer Ancien
Afrique Centrale
Golfe de Guinée
Guinée Equatoriale
Coutumes funéraires
Métallurgie ancienne
Issue Date25-Nov-2012
PublisherBrill Academic Publishers
CitationJournal of African Archaeology 9(1): 41-66 (2011)
Abstract[EN] During a survey undertaken on the Island of Corisco, also known as Mandji (Equatorial Guinea), in 2009, several sites of the Early and Late Iron Age were recorded. The most spectacular discoveries are three Burial Sites, the largest of which has yielded several intact tombs with many artefacts (axes, spears, anklets, bracelets, complete pots) radiocarbon dated to 410-640 AD. Objects, structures and ritual activities are similar to those documented in Early Iron Age cemeteries in Cameroon in recent years. The new data from Corisco contribute to change the image of the early iron-using societies in Equatorial Africa.
[FR] Grâce à une prospection archéologique menée à l’île de Corisco, aussi connu comme Mandji (Guinée Equatoriale), en 2009, plusieurs sites de l’Âge du Fer Ancien et Récent ont été découverts. Les trouvailles les plus spectaculaires sont trois sites avec des inhumations, le plus large desquels a livré diverses tombes assez bien conservées et datées par le 14C au 410-640 cal. AD. Objets, structures et activités rituelles sont pareilles à celles documentées récemment au Cameroun. Les nouvelles données de Corisco contribueront à changer l’image des premières sociétés métallurgiques en Afrique Equatoriale.
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.3213/1612-1651-10182
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