Archaeology in Benin

  title={Archaeology in Benin},
  author={Graham Connah},
  journal={The Journal of African History},
  pages={25 - 38}
  • G. Connah
  • Published 1 January 1972
  • History
  • The Journal of African History
Excavations and fieldwork in and around Benin City in the years 1961–4 have established the outlines of an archaeological sequence. This sequence is based on radiocarbon dates for stratified deposits, on a statistical examination of pottery form and decoration, and on datable European imports. The sequence suggested by the evidence extends from about the thirteenth century A.D. to the present time, although the survival of locally found ground stone axes in Benin ritual indicates that the area… 

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