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Takrur Empire


Definition: The Takrur empire was an early Iron Age kingdom of west Africa, including much of Ghana and Senegal and the western Sahara desert. Described by the historian al-Bakri, the trade ports of Takrur were located on the Senegal River in the 10th through 13th centuries AD. They were extremely important to the trade of goods in and out of Africa, including salt and gold. Archaeologists Susan Keech McIntosh and Roderick McIntosh have conducted excavations at the Takrur empire sites of Cubalel and Sincu Baru.

This glossary entry is part of the Dictionary of Archaeology. Sources for the term include the references listed on the front page of the Dictionary, and the websites listed in the sidebar.
Cubalel, Ogo, Siouré and Sincu Baru, all in present-day Senegal.

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