The author is grateful to Chiefs G.J. Toyon, Dosu Toyon and Suru Toyon and the people of Ahanve, particularly Tunde Toyon and Jimoh Toyon, for their assistance and very warm reception during the archaeological excavations. The award of a Doctoral Research Grant to fund the radiocarbon dating by The McArthur Foundation, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, is gratefully acknowledged. Thanks are due also to the two anonymous reviewers.