Understanding the settlement history of an ancestral African community: Environmental and Historical archaeology perspectives


African Humanities Program Postdoctoral Fellowships


Department of Archaeology and Tourism


Ancestral Owu is one of the earliest and most formidable towns in which the Yoruba speaking people of southwestern Nigeria are situated. However, the internecine war between Owu and the allied forces of Ife, Ijebu and Oyo in the second decade of the 19th century led to the dispersal of Owu into several communities. Over time, there has been contestations amongst scholars on the possible original homeland of the Owu. Orile-Owu is one of such communities which lay claim to be the ancestral home of the Owu. Presently, little is known about the archaeological sequence and cultural history of this Yoruba sub-group. This research contributes to defining the chronostratigraphic sequence of material culture of the area. I also intend to investigate these historic claims on origin using environmental and historical archaeological evidence in order to fill critical gaps in the historiography of a West African community