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Ounjougou is an archaeological site in the West African Republic of Mali .

Location and exploration

Ounjougu is located above the rocks of Bandiagara ( fr : Falaise de Bandiagara) near the city of Bandiagara . The site is part of the area in the Dogon country, which has been on the UNESCO list of world cultural heritage since 1989 .

Since 1997 the area around the Falaise de Bandiagara has been archaeologically examined in an international project Environment of the Stone Age and Settlement in West Africa , in which universities from Switzerland, France and Germany are participating. The Belgian archaeologist Eric Huysecom from the University of Geneva is the project manager and has so far published a number of publications on the project and especially on the finds in Ounjougou.


In Ounjougou finds from the Ogolian , a particularly dry period in West Africa from around 23,000 BC. BC, and then again made from the time at the beginning of the rainy Holocene . The finds from the first half of the 10th millennium BC BC contained the oldest finds of ceramic shards in sub-Saharan Africa. The finds of millstones and mortars are dated to the 8th millennium BC. Dated.

Find reports

  • Anne Mayor: Traditions céramiques dans la boucle du Niger . Ethnoarchéologie et histoire du peuplement au temps des empires précoloniaux . Africa Magna Verlag, Frankfurt a. M. 2011, ISBN 978-3-937248-25-7 . [1]

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Eric Huysecom: When did Africa's Neolithic begin ? in: Spektrum der Wissenschaft , 8/2008, pp. 62–67
  2. ^ Research at the cradle of humanity in UniReport of the Goethe University , Frankfurt am Main 1/2010, pp. 16-17

Coordinates: 14 ° 37 '59.9 "  N , 3 ° 13" 59.9 "  W.