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Kufan Kanawa, Niger: The Former Kano?

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This chapter begins with a brief overview of the archaeology of the Hausa areas, concentrating on the themes of religion, history and identities. It then offers as a case study the site of Kufan Kanawa (Republic of Niger), reputed to be the predecessor city to Kano and thus linked with the Hausa people. Results of archaeological and oral historical research at Kufan Kanawa (19992003) are outlined. The chapter then considers what information Kufan Kanawa yields regarding the Hausa past, and also what general lessons it offers in approaching the Hausa archaeologically. It concludes by suggesting that, rather than focusing too closely on the problems of an archaeological recognition of ethnic identities, a more fruitful approach is to consider the general character of past settlements, and the information it conveys about past ways of life and identities.

Keywords: Hausa; Kano; Kufan Kanawa



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