Peuplements des forgerons et traditions sidérurgiques : Vers une histoire de la production du fer sur le plateau de Bandiagara (pays dogon, Mali) durant les empires précoloniaux

Abstract : While the Dogon people have been the subject of well documented and published studies, unti now the smiths associated with the Dogon have not themselves been specifically studied. This works concerns the traditional production of iron in Dogon Country during the period between the last pre-colonial empires (14th centuries) and the arrival of the French colonists at the turn of the 20th century. It aims to clarify the identity of the smiths associated with the Dogon and their role, both social and technological, to identify metallurgical traditions and outline the development of iron production in the region. Due to research both actualistic and diachronic, and both local and extensive, which combines different complementary approaches including analysis of written sources, surveys of oral tradition, archaeological survey and excavation and palaeometallurgical observations, Caroline Robion-Brunner has developed an encompassing scenario for the population history of smiths in the Dogon Country and their production, which she places within the dynamics of the Central Nigerian Plateau.
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Caroline Robion-Brunner. Peuplements des forgerons et traditions sidérurgiques : Vers une histoire de la production du fer sur le plateau de Bandiagara (pays dogon, Mali) durant les empires précoloniaux. Africa Magna Verlag, 2010. ⟨hal-02010448⟩

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