The Wavy Line and the Dotted Wavy Line Pottery in the Prehistory of the Central Nile and the Sahara-Sahel Belt

The two type-sites of the Khartoum Mesolithic and Khartoum Neolithic (Khartoum Hospital and Shaheinab) in central Sudan were excavated at the end of the 1950s. The ceramics recovered from these sites, characterized by wavy line and dotted wavy line decoration, formed a cornerstone for identifying MesolithicNeolithic components along the Central Nile and across the Sahara-Sahel belt. This paper examines the terminology and classifications of the wavy line and dotted wavy line pottery and their distribution in time and space. The wavy line and the dotted wavy line ceramics formed a model for an evolutionary sequence, and suggested a level of cultural uniformity for the Nilo-Sahara-Sahel belt from the eighth to the fourth millennia BC. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract, edited]

Title: The Wavy Line and the Dotted Wavy Line Pottery in the Prehistory of the Central Nile and the Sahara-Sahel Belt
Authors: Mohammed-Ali, Abbas S.
Khabir, Abdel-Rahim M.
Year: 2003
Periodical: African Archaeological Review
Volume: 20
Issue: 1
Period: March
Pages: 25-58
Language: English
Geographic terms: Sudan
Sahara
External link: https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1022882305448
Abstract: The two type-sites of the Khartoum Mesolithic and Khartoum Neolithic (Khartoum Hospital and Shaheinab) in central Sudan were excavated at the end of the 1950s. The ceramics recovered from these sites, characterized by wavy line and dotted wavy line decoration, formed a cornerstone for identifying MesolithicNeolithic components along the Central Nile and across the Sahara-Sahel belt. This paper examines the terminology and classifications of the wavy line and dotted wavy line pottery and their distribution in time and space. The wavy line and the dotted wavy line ceramics formed a model for an evolutionary sequence, and suggested a level of cultural uniformity for the Nilo-Sahara-Sahel belt from the eighth to the fourth millennia BC. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract, edited]