Iron and Stone by the Rasikajy. Technology Transfers and Exchange Networks in medieval Madagascar
From the 8th century to the arrival of the Portugeses, an Islamized culture flourished in the northern part of the island of Madagascar. The so called “Rasikajy” occupied settlements along the coast. They were exploiting the natural resources of the rich hinterland and participating in the large trade network of the Indian Ocean.
New fieldwork research is ongoing to investigate the production of stone vessels and iron smelting sites. The project investigates the way new technologies are transferred and how new productions are implemented.