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Contact archaeology in Central Africa

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Within the last decades the archaeology of contact between hunter-gatherers and sedentary, food-producing groups as well as subsistence shift and transition from Mesolithic to Neolithic context has gained much attention within European and international research (Barker 2006; Price 2000; Whittle & Cummings 2007, Bánffy 2016, Crombé et al. 2015). While the importance of contact between local hunter-gatherers and pioneering sedentary communities has been emphasised for the expansion of early iron age groups in Eastern and Southern Africa (Robertshaw 1991; Dale and Ashley 2010; Klatzowa 2010; Prendergast 2010), the equally important Central African rainforest has been largely neglected and an archaeology of contact is thus far non-existent. With this poster, I present my recently started PhD project titled “An archaeological approach to early interactions between hunter-gatherers and sedentary food-producers in Western Central Africa”. The project aims at combining a literature study to develop a new theory of contact archaeology, an innovative contact-oriented reanalysis of existing collections and new surveys in order to obtain supplementary archaeological evidence for prehistoric contact between indigenous hunter-gatherers and first sedentary communities in Western Central Africa between 4000 and 2000 years ago. The analyses will be based on inventories containing Later Stone Age lithics as well as remains of the earliest pottery producing groups in Western Central Africa and performed in close collaboration with institutions such as the Royal Museum for Central Africa Tervuren, University Tübingen and University Kinshasa. The overall objective of this research is to improve the archaeological visibility of the earliest contacts between hunter-gatherers and sedentary food-producing groups through a combined examination of materials that have traditionally been studied separately.
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Jungnickel, Katharina. “Contact Archaeology in Central Africa.” African Archaeology Research Day 2018 : Posters, 2018.
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Jungnickel K. Contact archaeology in Central Africa. In: African Archaeology Research Day 2018 : posters. 2018.
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K. Jungnickel, “Contact archaeology in Central Africa,” in African Archaeology Research Day 2018 : posters, Oxford, 2018.
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  abstract     = {Within the last decades the archaeology of contact between hunter-gatherers and sedentary,
food-producing groups as well as subsistence shift and transition from Mesolithic to Neolithic
context has gained much attention within European and international research (Barker 2006;
Price 2000; Whittle & Cummings 2007, Bánffy 2016, Crombé et al. 2015).
While the importance of contact between local hunter-gatherers and pioneering sedentary
communities has been emphasised for the expansion of early iron age groups in Eastern
and Southern Africa (Robertshaw 1991; Dale and Ashley 2010; Klatzowa 2010; Prendergast
2010), the equally important Central African rainforest has been largely neglected and an
archaeology of contact is thus far non-existent.
With this poster, I present my recently started PhD project titled “An archaeological approach
to early interactions between hunter-gatherers and sedentary food-producers in Western
Central Africa”. The project aims at combining a literature study to develop a new theory of
contact archaeology, an innovative contact-oriented reanalysis of existing collections and
new surveys in order to obtain supplementary archaeological evidence for prehistoric contact
between indigenous hunter-gatherers and first sedentary communities in Western Central
Africa between 4000 and 2000 years ago.
The analyses will be based on inventories containing Later Stone Age lithics as well as
remains of the earliest pottery producing groups in Western Central Africa and performed in
close collaboration with institutions such as the Royal Museum for Central Africa Tervuren,
University Tübingen and University Kinshasa. The overall objective of this research is to
improve the archaeological visibility of the earliest contacts between hunter-gatherers and
sedentary food-producing groups through a combined examination of materials that have
traditionally been studied separately.},
  author       = {Jungnickel, Katharina},
  booktitle    = {African Archaeology Research Day 2018 : posters},
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  title        = {Contact archaeology in Central Africa},
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