Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of History and Archaeology
Experimental archaeology in the Tropics: The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture Ibadan, the Village of Adesina Oja, and Abandoned House No. 2
Date of Publication
When he was at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria in the 1970ís, Professor Thurstan Shaw established an experimental archaeological reserve at Adesina Oja, an abandoned village in the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture on the outskirts of the city. Various tests were devised, including a bank and ditch experiment, and differential vertical transport and decay experiments. In another experiment, beads were set in the walls of a house structure, so that the way in which this house fell into decay over the years could be examined. Annual excavations at IITA directed by the author took place between 1980 and 1986, during which particular attention was devoted to this house (which had been recorded as No. 2). The paper summarises the progress made so far with the experiments at IITA, especially in regard to the house. A plan and table of finds is provided. The way in which the walls collapsed was noted and the conclusion was reached that, on the basis of the material remaining, it was possible to reconstruct the activities which had been carried out in different parts of the house.....