Kibiro: The salt of Bunyoro, past and present available in Hardcover
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- British Institute in Eastern Africa
Archaeological investigations at Kibiro on the Ugandan shore of Lake Albert have revealed a tradition of salt making which has lasted for nearly 1000 years. Women still exploit the salt-rich soil around the hot springs of this arid area, using an original technique of preparing and recycling this soil in what are aptly called 'Salt Gardens'. This publication includes an ethnographic and historical study of the Kibiro village which, together with the excavation results, shed fascinating light on eight centuries of a local industry and trade which once provided a vitl economic resource for the ruler of Bunyoro, one of the most powerful in this Interlacustrine region of East Africa. Of vital importance to archaeologists working in this region (and including a stratified pottery sequence), this book will also be more widely useful as a carefully worked out account of an industry common to many areas of the world.