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Relevance of pottery on traditional African economy: an ethnoarchaeological case study of north-east Yoruba land

Fr. Paul-Kolade Tubi


This study probes the relevance of potteries in archaeological records in the reconstruction of traditional African economy as shown among the people of North-East Yoruba land of Nigeria. The use of ethnoarchaeological paradigms in the study of potteries, which has been employed in this study, can shed immense lights on various aspects of the past. The study of potteries emboldens scientific study of traditional economies. Data from the study show the relevance of pottery analysis on the trado-economy of Africa. It is recommended that economy planners of Africa might need to study the production, distribution and use of pottery wares in the past so as to understand how the ancients lived and flourished.