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Scaling Food Practices: Contextual Comparison of Animal and Plant Remains from Banda, Ghana, during the Early Atlantic Era

Author(s): Ann Stahl ; Amanda Logan

Year: 2016

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In this paper, we examine food practices in Banda, Ghana, during the tumultuous 15th to 17th centuries AD, as global scale political economic shifts collided with local economies. In Banda, significant involvement in northward-looking Niger trade began to erode as attention shifted towards emerging Atlantic networks. At the same time, paleoenvironmental records indicate a severe, multi-century drought. How did people negotiate these pressures in their everyday food practices? To address this question, we compare faunal and floral remains from four structures and two midden sequences across two major sites in the region – Ngre Kataa and Kuulo Kataa. We turn special attention to patterning at multiple scales – between sites, structures, and middens – to coax out the localized strategies people used to deal with major economic and environmental change.


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Scaling Food Practices: Contextual Comparison of Animal and Plant Remains from Banda, Ghana, during the Early Atlantic Era. Ann Stahl, Amanda Logan. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404197)


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AFRICA


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min long: -18.809; min lat: -38.823 ; max long: 53.262; max lat: 38.823 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America