LEEMBOUW ARCHITECTUUR IN DE BINNENDELTA VAN DE NIGER, MALI
During the 2000/01 campaign af the 'Archaeological Project Dia' in the inland Niger delta of Mali, 41 house plans were studied in the town of Dia. Several ethnic groups, most of them full-time specialists, use the same area for their subsistence and live intermingled in town. All of them, except the Fulani, use the same type of square mudbrick house with a flat roof and inner courtyard of the Soudan type. Although we did not observe the movable material culture we were able to identify same indicators for interpreting archaeological house plans. There is a distict relationship between size af the compounds, Jamily composition and profession. Use of the vestibule may indicate occupation by a full-time artisan. While the exavators established long-term occupation of the area, we were able to use the direct historical approach. Nevertheless we should be aware that meanwhile Islam was embraced in this region, which probably induced uniformfly in building tradition among the ethnic groups in habiting the area.