Date(s) - 16/11/2020
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Pleistocene Archaeology and Tropical Paleoecology in West Africa:
Preliminary results from fieldwork in Ivory Coast, Benin and Nigeria
by Jacopo Niccolò Cerasoni,
Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena
West Africa is the most underrepresented region in the African Pleistocene archaeological and paleoenvironmental record. Few sites have been described, and little is known about Pleistocene environments and hominin behaviour in West Africa. During 2019 and 2020, four Pleistocene sites from different environmental contexts throughout the region were explored, including the well-known sites of Anyama (Ivory Coast) and Iho Eleru (Nigeria), and the newly discovered Middle Stone Age sites of Paloli and Tannongou Cave (Benin). The present study recontextualises and sheds new light on previously known and unknown sites, offering an array of new interdisciplinary information developed from the application of palaeoenvironmental and geomorphological analyses.
The attached photo is from the “Site of Tannongou Cave” (photo credit: J. Cerasoni)