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date: 28 May 2020

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To pursue the history of African village life through archaeological investigations was once considered an oxymoron. Viewed as ‘traditional’ locales apart from the core of modernity, ethnographic inquiry was thought to provide a picture of village life to which archaeological investigations could add little. But in the last few decades archaeological investigations at sites of recent centuries have yielded robust insights into the dynamics of daily practice as African villagers negotiated the shifting terrain of global networks. This chapter explores how archaeological sources contribute to our understanding of the dynamics of daily practice in ‘remotely global’ (Piot 1999) villages of interior West Africa.

Keywords: West Africa, Atlantic trade, material history, slave trade, settlement, production, consumption, ritual practice

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