Comptes rendus de l'académie des sciences serie ii vol:312 issue:1 pages:105-110
The Oveng archaeological site is 12km north-east of Libreville, Gabon. The analysis of the artefacts and of the stratigraphy permit one to show it was a single-component site dated to c. 1,700 B.P. The artefacts comprise potsherds, iron slag, tewels, abundant marine shells, shell pearls, daga fragments, burned nuts, fish, mammal and reptile bones. Faunal analysis of these shows the village was one of fishermen, whose economy heavily relied on fishing and collecting. Hunting was minimal. This is partially contradictory with commonly held views regarding the early bantuspeakers' economy of Central Africa.