Analysis of the faunal remains from a 19th century Aku property in Banjul, The Gambia

Author(s): Anna E Passaniti

Year: 2016


During the Summer of 2014, excavations were carried out in Banjul, The Gambia, formerly known as Bathurst, at a 19th century Aku site as part of the Banjul Heritage Project. This paper focuses on the analysis and interpretation of the faunal remains from the site. The Aku ethnic group, formed from a Liberated African population in Bathurst during the colonial period, were a socially, politically, and economically prominent group in colonial Bathurst, often highlighting their Christian, English affiliations over African heritage. Results from faunal analyses indicate that this group’s socioeconomic status was not reflected in the type of meat they chose to consume. Rather, the prominence of fish displays a trend towards convenience in meat consumption. Additionally, the presence of pork remains highlights their connectivity with Christian, British traditions amidst a surrounding Islamic influence in the remainder of the country. 

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Analysis of the faunal remains from a 19th century Aku property in Banjul, The Gambia. Anna E Passaniti. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434871)

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Aku Banjul Fauna

Geographic Keywords
North America United States of America

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 732