Site sidérurgie de Lollo (Nord Bénin) : quelle diversité technique ?

Abstract : Iron metallurgy is an ancient activity in Africa. The processes developed on this continent vary from one region to another, even within the same region or the same site. Even if in Africa iron was produced by the direct method, metallurgical remains show great diversity. Benin, like other West African countries, practiced intensivee iron metallurgical production. However, studies are still very limited. The smelting techniques used are not yet well-described and characterized. Slag and smelting structures that constitute the first evidence of metallurgical activity are observed everywhere, but have not been the subject of a comprehensive study. As part of a Master’s thesis, the aim was to conduct research on the metallurgical site of Lolo (northern Benin). This site was discovered in 2011 by the research team of the “Crossroads of Empires” project, directed by Anne Haour. This poster presents the plan of this site, showing the different kinds of spatial organization of workshops. Particular focus is paid to mine shafts and the ore used, the different types of furnaces and the types of waste present on the site. This description of the remains highlights the different techniques used on this site.
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Djimet Guemona, Caroline Robion-Brunner. Site sidérurgie de Lollo (Nord Bénin) : quelle diversité technique ?. 23e Colloque de la Society of Africanist Archaeologists (SAfA), Jun 2016, Toulouse, France. ⟨hal-02011403⟩

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