Cattle herds and banana gardens: the historical geography of the western Great Lakes region, ca AD 800-1500

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Abstract

This paper discusses the importance of economic specializations in banana farming and cattle pastoralism in eastern Africa's Great Lakes region. I present comparative linguistic evidence for the careers of these two socially and economically important food sources. Next, I review some recent archaeological work on pastoralism and Later Iron Age pottery traditions. A final section considers some of the forces that shaped the choices of some Lakes Africans to take up more intensive forms of banana farming and/or pastoralism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-72
Number of pages34
JournalThe African Archaeological Review
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)

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