Archaeology in Equatorial Guinea

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Archaeology is the science that studies human cultures through the recovery, documentation, analysis, and interpretation of material remains and environmental data, including architecture, artifacts, features, biofacts, and landscapes. Although the goals of archaeology vary, the overarching aim is simply to better understand mankind.

The World Heritage List includes properties forming part of the cultural and natural heritage that the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value. Many of these archaeological sites, such as Machu Picchu in Peru and the Pyramid Fields of Egypt, are well-established tourist destinations. It's a good starting point for those seeking out examples of archaeology in Equatorial Guinea.

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H. Bourne

September 13th, 2015

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Two Lost African Maritime Traditions … by Roger Blench (online) plusEarly Iron Age Burials from Equatorial Guinea: The Sites of Corisco Island by Alfredo Gonzalez-Ruibal et al (online).
The Blench article points up that Niger/Congo N/C)/Bantu-A not yet turned Bantu-B/Bantu from the mainland visited the Equatoguinean island of Bikoko in the Gulf of Guinea to obtain stone for axes that were then apparently widely traded between between Gabon, Equat. Guinea, Cameroon and Nigeria.
The report of the Corisco excavations includes discussion setting out links with such as Gabon, plus Nigeria on the mainland and Bioko out to sea.
This all helps to flesh out the fact that West Africans were engaged in sea-borne trading decidely anterior to the arrival of the Portuguese on the Atlantic coasts of Africa, whereas several Euro/Us writers seriuosly maintain otherwise (esp. given that the sources cited by Blench indicate between 6000/4000 BCE [Blench settles on ca. 4000 BCE, itself a date that some posit for the earliest NC-to-Bantu processes on the other side of Af. & which lead to the emergence of the sea-going Bantu called the Swahili & which again do not the invoking of outside agencies) .
Both the Blench article and the Corisco report contain useful bibliographies.

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