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Recent Farming Communities and States in the Congo Basin and its Environs

Pierre de Maret

in The Oxford Handbook of African Archaeology

Published in print July 2013 | ISBN: 9780199569885
Published online September 2013 | | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199569885.013.0060

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology

 Recent Farming             Communities and States in the Congo Basin and its Environs

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Over 500 different ethno-linguistic groups live today in the Congo Basin and its periphery. Almost all are farmers, and, except in the northeast, all speak Bantu languages. The very centre of the Congo Basin is one of the few areas in this vast region to have received systematic archaeological research. There, in the middle of the rainforest, systematic survey of the Congo River and its tributaries has identified more than 190 localities with six pottery traditions recognised over a 2,500-year sequence. This article examines the Atlantic coast and lower Congo River, the Upemba Depression, and Zambia and Malawi.

Keywords: Zambia; Malawi; Upemba Depression; Congo River; Bantu languages

Article.  5162 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology ; African Archaeology

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