Swiss archaeologist digs up West Africa’s past
A Swiss-led team of archaeologists has discovered pieces of the oldest African pottery in central Mali, dating back to at least 9,400BC.
The sensational find by Geneva University‘s Eric Huysecom and his international research team, at Ounjougou near the Unesco-listed Bandiagara cliffs, reveals important information about man’s interaction with nature.
The age of the sediment in which they were found suggests that the six ceramic fragments – discovered between 2002 and 2005 – are at least 11,400 years old.
Most ancient ceramics from the Middle East and the central and eastern Sahara regions are 10,000 and between 9:10,000 years old, respectively. …
Huysecom is convinced that pottery was invented in West Africa to enable man to adapt to climate change.
Researchers in China have dug up the oldest known pottery. How ancient is it? The late Paleolithic: 14,000 to 21,000 years old, according to a study published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: here.
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