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The Bantu Expansion stands for the concurrent dispersal of Bantu languages and Bantu-speaking people from an ancestral homeland situated in the Grassfields region in the borderland between current-day Nigeria and Cameroon. During their initial migration across most of Central, Eastern, and Southern Africa, which took place between approximately 5,000 and 1,500 years ago, Bantu speech communities not only introduced new languages in the areas where they immigrated but also new lifestyles, in which initially technological innovations such as pottery making and the use of large stone tools played an important role as did subsequently also farming and metallurgy. Wherever early Bantu speakers started to develop a sedentary way of life, they left an archaeologically visible culture. Once settled, Bantu-speaking newcomers strongly interacted with autochthonous hunter-gatherers, as is still visible in the gene pool and/or the languages of certain present-day Bantu speech communities. The driving forces behind what is the principal linguistic, cultural, and demographic process in Late Holocene Africa are still a matter of debate, but it is increasingly accepted that the climate-induced destruction of the rainforest in West Central Africa around 2,500 years ago gave a boost to the Bantu Expansion.
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Bantu, Niger-Congo, Central Africa, Eastern Africa, Southern Africa, historical linguistics, archaeology, evolutionary genetics, interdisciplinarity, language spread, prehistory

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Bostoen, Koen. 2018. “The Bantu Expansion.” In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of African History. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
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Bostoen, K. (2018). The Bantu Expansion. Oxford research encyclopedia of African history. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
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Bostoen K. The Bantu Expansion. Oxford research encyclopedia of African history. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press; 2018.
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Bostoen, Koen. “The Bantu Expansion.” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of African History. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2018. Print.
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  abstract     = {The Bantu Expansion stands for the concurrent dispersal of Bantu languages and Bantu-speaking people from an ancestral homeland situated in the Grassfields region in the borderland between current-day Nigeria and Cameroon. During their initial migration across most of Central, Eastern, and Southern Africa, which took place between approximately 5,000 and 1,500 years ago, Bantu speech communities not only introduced new languages in the areas where they immigrated but also new lifestyles, in which initially technological innovations such as pottery making and the use of large stone tools played an important role as did subsequently also farming and metallurgy. Wherever early Bantu speakers started to develop a sedentary way of life, they left an archaeologically visible culture. Once settled, Bantu-speaking newcomers strongly interacted with autochthonous hunter-gatherers, as is still visible in the gene pool and/or the languages of certain present-day Bantu speech communities. The driving forces behind what is the principal linguistic, cultural, and demographic process in Late Holocene Africa are still a matter of debate, but it is increasingly accepted that the climate-induced destruction of the rainforest in West Central Africa around 2,500 years ago gave a boost to the Bantu Expansion.},
  author       = {Bostoen, Koen},
  booktitle    = {Oxford research encyclopedia of African history},
  keyword      = {Bantu,Niger-Congo,Central Africa,Eastern Africa,Southern Africa,historical linguistics,archaeology,evolutionary genetics,interdisciplinarity,language spread,prehistory},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {28},
  publisher    = {Oxford University Press},
  title        = {The Bantu Expansion},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190277734.013.191},
  year         = {2018},
}

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