Iron production in Bassar Region (Togo): evidence of several technologies linked with population migrations

Abstract : The Bassar region is one of the most important ironworking centers in West Africa. Thanks to de Barros’ researches, we know that this metallurgical district started before Christ and experienced production intensification from the 14th century onwards (de Barros 1986). The quantity of iron produced during the last periods exceeded local consumption; this surplus supplied the regional and later a supra-regional market. In 2013, the project 'SIDERENT' was selected to be supported by the French research agency (ANR). The main aim of SIDERENT is to rediscover traditional West African iron metallurgy with a focus on its environment and societal impact. Our first investigations show diverse smelting technics and a complex history of the people involved in ironworking, among other things. In this paper, we will look at the significance of this diversity and we will try to understand his link with the complex history of settlement and with the access to different ores.
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Caroline Robion-Brunner, Marie-Pierre Coustures, Stéphane Dugast, Philippe de Barros. Iron production in Bassar Region (Togo): evidence of several technologies linked with population migrations. 23e Colloque de la Society of Africanist Archaeologists (SAfA), Jun 2016, Toulouse, France. ⟨hal-02011361⟩

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