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'Discovered' in October 2000 by Adesoye College Offa Archaeology Club in conjunction with African Legacy

For the last three generations, this large rock-shelter has been occupied by a family which farms the land around.
 Above from left to right: firewood storage, sleeping quarters, social and cooking areas (midden to right), granaries, tool sharpening area, and water collection.
 Run-off from the granite inselberg hill above irrigates the bananas, pawpaw, orange & other fruit trees or crops growing on the talus (sloped heap) of probably ancient occupation debris. Conchoidally fractured quartz flakelets were noted in the topsoil.

A local tailor and his family occupy this deep rockshelter during the week, returning to their village at weekends. Their occupation provides valuable living insights into many of the practices and material ephemera employed - most of which would not appear in the archaeological record. 

An ethno-archaeological study of this site, therefore, should help in making fuller interpretations of rockshelter and cave sites elsewhere in the world. The main cooking area, pots, baskets, wooden mortar, sieves, granary (a possible indicator of past savana conditions)  and an oil drum are visible above.

Above: No daylight space is wasted: here a small ledge to the left of the sleeping quarters is used to dry out firewood. The mud wall of the sleeping quarters was built by the present occupant's grandfather; and traces of mud adhering to the underside of the flat rock cleft indicate that it was once much longer on this side.
Mr Abiodun, co-'discoverer' with African Legacy, relaxes with Asdesoye College, Offa students, who visited the site on the day of its 'discovery'.
Nike and two other University of Ibadan archaeology students with the family who live in this large rock shelter. African Legacy handed over all research interests in this site to the UI Department of Archaeology and Dr Fantunsin, NCMM, Ibadan
The main sleeping quarters were originally more enclosed when first built late in the last century; but the loss of part of the wall does not seem to worry the present occupants.  The division of living space and other details are available from African Legacy

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