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ZILUM: A MID-FIRST MILLENNIUM BC FORTIFIED SETTLEMENT NEAR LAKE CHAD

ZILUM: A MID-FIRST MILLENNIUM BC FORTIFIED SETTLEMENT NEAR LAKE CHAD In the last few years, archaeological investigations carried out at the mid-first millennium BC settlement site of Zilum, Nigeria, have integrated magnetic survey, a geophysical technique, as an additional source of information. Amongst other results, the magnetic survey revealed the presence of an archaeological feature that encloses the entire settlement area. Excavations show that this feature consists of a ditch. Dimensions and shape suggest that its function was to restrict access to the settlement. Although direct evidence is missing, the ditch was most probably accompanied by an earth rampart or wall, now completely decayed. Based on the available data, it seems likely that Zilum was a fortified settlement. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of African Archaeology Brill

ZILUM: A MID-FIRST MILLENNIUM BC FORTIFIED SETTLEMENT NEAR LAKE CHAD

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Publisher
Brill
Copyright
© Copyright 2006 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1612-1651
eISSN
2191-5784
DOI
10.3213/1612-1651-10068
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Abstract

In the last few years, archaeological investigations carried out at the mid-first millennium BC settlement site of Zilum, Nigeria, have integrated magnetic survey, a geophysical technique, as an additional source of information. Amongst other results, the magnetic survey revealed the presence of an archaeological feature that encloses the entire settlement area. Excavations show that this feature consists of a ditch. Dimensions and shape suggest that its function was to restrict access to the settlement. Although direct evidence is missing, the ditch was most probably accompanied by an earth rampart or wall, now completely decayed. Based on the available data, it seems likely that Zilum was a fortified settlement.

Journal

Journal of African ArchaeologyBrill

Published: Oct 25, 2006

Keywords: Stone Age; Gajiganna; fortification; ditch; settlement

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