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The scale of European buying increased beyond previous bounds. New African political powers emerged to manage foreign relations, maximise proWts from slave trading, and minimise the risk of European invasion or direct slave recruitment. Inter-European competition for slaves to man the mines and plantations of the Americas enabled the stronger and more astute front-line kingdoms to prosper at the expense of the West African middle belt which became a depressed raiding ground. (Birmingham 1979:29) Perhaps Britain in the late MIA and early LIA was such a raiding ground, and the horsemen groups represent the developing structures to articulate this trade, with the arrival of gold being its reward.

The friend to whom they attach themselves undertakes to share with them all the good things in life, on the understanding that, if he meets with a violent end, they shall either share his fate or make away with themselves; and within living memory of man none has yet been known to refuse to die when the friend to whom he had sworn allegiance was killed. 2. Proportion of principal animal bones from Danebury Danebury Early cp3–5 470–310 BC Middle cp6 310–270 BC Late cp7 270–100/50 BC Latest cp8–9 100/50 BC–AD 50 Sheep Cattle Pig Horse No.

Whereas the quarter staters of GalloBelgic B are found in approximately equal numbers on either side of the channel, the staters are only securely provenanced in Britain (Fitzpatrick 1997:7). Nash (1987:110) and Haselgrove (1987:79) would both be quite happy to see them as being British issues (as maybe some of the Gallo-Belgic A), however the name has now stuck. If Gallo-Belgic B are the earliest British issues, then their imagery is particularly important. Gallo-Belgic B were minted using old obverse dies of Apollo from Gallo-Belgic A coins, together with freshly cut reverse dies of horses.

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