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Life in the Swahili Town House Reveals the Symbolic Meaning of Spaces and Artefact Assemblages

Swahili ethnographic information was used to interpret eighteenth-century coral house excavations in Lamu, Kenya. The author was especially interested in learning the symbolic or social meaning of durable objects that were found in archaeological assemblages. It was learned that many of the artefacts found in the excavations are related to rituals performed in Swahili houses. The spaces within the house are ranked and used to teach social position. Features of coral houses, animal remains, infant burials, shells, ceramics, and beads can be shown to have symbolic meaning within the Swahili context. Bibliogr., note, sum. also in French.

Title: Life in the Swahili Town House Reveals the Symbolic Meaning of Spaces and Artefact Assemblages
Author: Donley, Linda W.
Year: 1987
Periodical: African Archaeological Review
Volume: 5
Pages: 181-192
Language: English
Geographic term: Kenya
External link: https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01117092
Abstract: Swahili ethnographic information was used to interpret eighteenth-century coral house excavations in Lamu, Kenya. The author was especially interested in learning the symbolic or social meaning of durable objects that were found in archaeological assemblages. It was learned that many of the artefacts found in the excavations are related to rituals performed in Swahili houses. The spaces within the house are ranked and used to teach social position. Features of coral houses, animal remains, infant burials, shells, ceramics, and beads can be shown to have symbolic meaning within the Swahili context. Bibliogr., note, sum. also in French.