Pots and People: Production Techniques as Tool for Delineating Extent of Hausa Cultural Boundaries in Nigeria


African Humanities Program Postdoctoral Fellowships


Department of Archaeology


The continuing interest by archaeologists exploring social subject of cultural identity is opening up more grounds for further understanding of a cultural process of ‘hausaisation’. This research intends to examine technological methods of pottery making from artefacts excavated from three sites in Bauchi state, Nigeria to view how social and political networks of the last millennium influenced the development of cultural complex called Hausa today. The research argues that potsherds are useful indicators of various localised customs noted by historical sources in the 9th century AD, seemingly transformed into a new global ethnicity in the West Africa's Savannah. It concludes that the collaborative use of ethnography and archaeology is vital for meaningful cultural research, especially focusing the last millennium