The geographical latitude of Gobero is situated between the Sahara to the north and the Sahel to the south. Thanks to this position, the site offered numerous opportunities to the people who alternated from the mid-tenth to the mid-fifth millennium cal BP. This regional overview covers the time frame of the Gobero occupation and considers some relevant neighbouring contemporary sites in order to better understand Gobero in the cultural history and geography of North and West Africa. The chapter starts with a diachronic outline of the major events that occurred in North and West Africa during the different time periods represented in the archaeological record from Gobero, that is, between 11,000-9000 and 5000-3000 cal years BP. It then continues with a synthesis of some significant topics recorded in the surrounding regions of Gobero. In particular, it examines and compares the different settlement organisations, the adoption and adaptation of pastoralism in the region, the cult of cattle in the Sahara, and the dynamics of inter-latitudinal shifts. Aims of this chapter are to summarise and discuss the archaeological context which surrounded the Gobero area and to highlight the differences and similarities of Gobero with respect to its neighbouring regions.

Regional overview during the time frame of the Gobero occupation

GARCEA, Elena Antonella Alda
2013

Abstract

The geographical latitude of Gobero is situated between the Sahara to the north and the Sahel to the south. Thanks to this position, the site offered numerous opportunities to the people who alternated from the mid-tenth to the mid-fifth millennium cal BP. This regional overview covers the time frame of the Gobero occupation and considers some relevant neighbouring contemporary sites in order to better understand Gobero in the cultural history and geography of North and West Africa. The chapter starts with a diachronic outline of the major events that occurred in North and West Africa during the different time periods represented in the archaeological record from Gobero, that is, between 11,000-9000 and 5000-3000 cal years BP. It then continues with a synthesis of some significant topics recorded in the surrounding regions of Gobero. In particular, it examines and compares the different settlement organisations, the adoption and adaptation of pastoralism in the region, the cult of cattle in the Sahara, and the dynamics of inter-latitudinal shifts. Aims of this chapter are to summarise and discuss the archaeological context which surrounded the Gobero area and to highlight the differences and similarities of Gobero with respect to its neighbouring regions.
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