Africa’s oldest ceramic

Published on July 10th, 2009 | by Admin


Archaeologists in eastern Mali have discovered what they claim is Africa’s oldest ceramic, dating back to 9,400BC.

“It’s a tiny, ornate fragment that was made with great skill and the use of fire,” said ethno-archaeologist Anne Mayor in Bamako, the Malian capital.¬†Mayor is part of an eight-person Swiss team in the country, comprising five scientists from Geneva and three from Fribourg, who are working with colleagues from Mali, Germany and France.

The find was made in the area of the Dogon people, whose main territory is bisected by the Bandiagara Escarpment, a sandstone cliff up to 500m high and which stretches for about 150km. Swiss archaeologists have been digging in the area for 20 years.

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One Response to Africa’s oldest ceramic

  1. ibuffalo says:

    It is better to find one whole ceramic item. How to date the speciman?

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