University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology


Author: Nicholas David

Archaeological Reconnaissance in Cameroon

By: Nicholas David

In spite of its central location at the hinge of Africa, between the Congo basin and the West, the desert and the equatorial forests, the archaeology of Cameroon is unknown and virtually unexplored. There is a single exception, the Iron Age culture of the Sao in the extreme north around the southern shores of Lake […]


Watch or Water Towers?

Stone-built Sites in Northern Cameroon's Mandara Mountains and Their Functions

By: Nicholas David

In 2001-2002, the Mandara Archaeological Project’s survey in the Mandara mountains established the presence of fifteen ruins, known as Diy-Gi’d-Biy, literally “eye-head-chief,” to the Mafa people who live around them, and to us as DGB sites. Radiocarbon dates indicate that they were built, used, and aban­doned in a short period centered on the first half […]