Archaeological Research on the Ancient Iron Metallurgy in Côte d’Ivoire (2003-2016)


This is an abstract from the "SAA 2019: General Sessions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

Since the year 2003, programmed research is carried out on the old iron metallurgy in Ivory Coast. Documentary research, field surveys and archaeological excavations have discovered ancient sites of iron metallurgy from 2003 to 2016. In a large part of the regions of Côte d'Ivoire, sites were discovered, studied then dated. The northern zones (Korhogo, Mbengué, Kaniassa, etc.) and those of the South (the Eotilé Islands, Issia) of Côte d'Ivoire have yielded various remains (extraction wells, reduction furnaces, clinker habitat related to the ancient metallurgy of iron etc.). The dating obtained after excavations on the sites of forest and coastal zones (V-XIIIe centuries) and savannah (X-XXe centuries) are between the fifth and twentieth century. A variety of technical traditions characterize these ancient techniques and show the wealth of these skills. Our objective in this study is to present a summary of the results of this research from 2003 to 2016. The written documentary data, the results of the surveys and the archaeological documents are analysed and allow to have important data.

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Archaeological Research on the Ancient Iron Metallurgy in Côte d’Ivoire (2003-2016). Timpoko Hélène Kienon-Kabore, Galla Guy-Roland Tié Bi, Arouna Yéo. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 449534)

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min long: -18.721; min lat: -35.174 ; max long: 61.699; max lat: 27.059 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 24807