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Author Biagetti, Stefano, author

Title Ethnoarchaeology of the Kel Tadrart Tuareg : pastoralism and resilience in Central Sahara / Stefano Biagetti
Published Cham : Springer, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 154 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Series SpringerBriefs in Archaeology, 1861-6623 ; 6
SpringerBriefs in archaeology ; 6. 1861-6623
Contents Chapter 1: Research Objectives, Materials and Methods -- Chapter 2: The Environment -- Chapter 3: The Kel Tadrart Tuareg: ethnohistorical and ethnographic background -- Chapter 4: The Regional Level of Analysis -- Chapter 5: Site Specific Analysis: Composition and Layout -- Chapter 6: The abandoned Campsites in the Tadrart Acacus -- Chapter 7: Ethnoarchaeological suggestions for a review of the last 3,000 years in the Tadrart Acacus -- Chapter 8: Conclusions
Summary This book focuses on the issues of resilience and variability of desert pastoralists, explicitly challenging a set of traditional topics of the discourse around pastoralism in arid lands of the Old World. Based on a field research carried out on the Kel Tadrart Tuareg in Libya, various facets of a surprisingly successful adaptation to an extremely arid environment are investigated. By means of an ethnoarchaeological approach, explored are the Kel Tadrart interactions with natural resources, the settlement patterns, the campsite structures, and the formation of the pastoral archaeological landscape, focusing on variability and its causes. The resilience of the Kel Tadrart is the key to understand the reasons of their choice to stay and live in the almost rainless Acacus Mountains, in spite of strong pressure to sedentarize in the neighboring oases. Through the collection of the interviews, participant observation, mapping of inhabited and abandoned campsites, remote sensing, and archival sources, various and different Kel Tadrart strategies, perceptions, and material cultures are examined. This book fills an important gap in the ethnoarchaeological research in central Sahara and in the study of desert pastoralism. Desert lands are likely to increase over the next decades but, our knowledge of human adaptations to these areas of the world is still patchy and generally biased by the idea that extremely arid lands are not suited for human occupation
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (SpringerLink, viewed July 29, 2014)
Subject Ethnoarchaeology -- Libya.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 3319085298 (print)
3319085301 (electronic bk.)
9783319085296 (print)
9783319085302 (electronic bk.)