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The emergence of pottery in Africa during the tenth millennium cal BC: new evidence from Ounjougou (Mali)
New excavations in ravines at Ounjougou in Mali have brought to light a lithic and ceramic assemblage that dates from before 9400 cal BC. The authors show that this first use of pottery coincidesExpand
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International Code for Phytolith Nomenclature (ICPN) 2.0.
BACKGROUND Opal phytoliths (microscopic silica bodies produced in and between the cells of many plants) are a very resilient, often preserved type of plant microfossil. With the exponentially growingExpand
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Seasonality change and the third millennium BP rainforest crisis in southern Cameroon (Central Africa)
The third millennium BP crisis of the central African rainforest is not sufficiently understood. The low resolution of most pollen profiles and a large plateau of the calibration curve aggravate theExpand
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The Early Holocene palaeoenvironment of Ounjougou (Mali) : Phytoliths in a multiproxy context
Abstract The site complex Ounjougou on the Dogon Plateau (Mali) comprises sediments up to 100,000 years old with numerous Pleistocene and Holocene sequences. The site Ravin de la Mouche (11.4–10.2Expand
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Early bananas in Africa: the state of the art
Because the genus Musa is not indigenous to Africa, remains of bananas in African archaeological or geological contexts indicate cultivation of domesticated forms. During the past 10 years, at leastExpand
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Holocene vegetation of the Eastern Sahara: charcoal from prehistoric sites
This paper is dedicated to Prof. Dr K. U. Leistikow on the occasion of his 60th birthday.The investigation of 320 charcoal samples from prehistoric sites in the Eastern Sahara furnishes evidence forExpand
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Taxonomic, ecological and palaeoecological significance of leaf phytoliths in West African grasses
Abstract Grass short cell phytoliths (GSCP) are a valuable tool for the reconstruction of former grass-dominated ecosystems, especially in Africa. GSCP are highly diverse and most of them showExpand
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Seed phytoliths in West African Commelinaceae and their potential for palaeoecological studies
Abstract During the investigation of phytoliths in Holocene sediments from the site complex of Ounjougou/Mali, we recognized several conspicuous types which were initially attributed to MarantaceaeExpand
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A new contribution to the Holocene vegetation history of the West African Sahel: pollen from Oursi, Burkina Faso and charcoal from three sites in northeast Nigeria
A pollen diagram from Oursi in Burkina Faso is compared with anthracological (charcoal analysis) results from three sites in northeast Nigeria (Konduga, Gajiganna, Lantewa). The present-dayExpand
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Early Plant Food Production in the West African Sahel
This paper presents new data from the project ‘Vegetation History and Archaeobotany of the West African Savannas’ at the University of Frankfurt, Germany, provided by palynology and the investigationExpand
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