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Today, Dr. Akin Ogundiran (UNC Charlotte) talks to us about the archaeology of social complexity and cultural history in the Yoruba world, the heritage sector in Nigeria, and his collaborative projects on the archaeology of Atlantic Africa and the African Diaspora.
What transdisciplinary approaches and theories does Akin incorporate in his thirty years of investigating how societies are born, especially in terms of their people, their ideas and their social organization? What unique contributions do paleoenvironmental studies, oral history, ethnography, archaeology and historical linguistics each give to our anthropological understandings of Yoruba? When do we have the first evidence of settlements along the Niger River, and how should the different episodes of Yoruba cultural history following this be split up chronologically according to Akin? What happened around 1,000–1,800 CE that led to the Oyo Empire's success and downfall, and what was the relationship between the empire's metropolitan area (Oyo-Ile) and one of its colonies (Ede-Ile)?
On this episode, we also discuss what Akin wants to communicate about Africa and African cultural history not just to other academics, but members of the general public. What about Africa's role in human history and cultural evolution may poeple not know enough about?
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