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Title The Oxford handbook of African archaeology / edited by Peter Mitchell and Paul Lane
Published Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013


Description 1 online resource : illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white)
Series Oxford handbooks
Oxford handbooks.
Contents Part I. Introduction. -- Part II. Doing African archaeology : theory, method, practice -- Part III. Becoming human -- Part IV. Hunters, gatherers, and intensifiers : the diversity of African foragers -- Part V. Food for thought : the archaeology of African pastoralist and farming communities -- Part VI. Power, prestige, and consumption : African towns and states and their neighbours -- Part VII. African societies and the modern world system
Part I. Introduction. -- Introducing African archaeology / Peter Mitchell, Paul Lane
Part II. Doing African Archaeology : Theory, Method, Practice. -- Archaeological practice in Africa : a historical perspective / Graham Connah -- Oral history, oral traditions, archaeology : the application of structural analyses / Peter Schmidt -- Language, linguistics, archaeology : their integration in the study of african prehistory / Roger Blench -- Genetics and archaeology / Scott MacEachern -- Archaeology and migration in Africa / Ceri Ashley -- Ethnoarchaeological research in Africa / Diane Lyons -- Studying African stone tools / Christian Tryon -- A century of ceramic studies in Africa / Olivier Gosselain, Alexandre Livingstone Smith -- The archaeology of African metalworking / Shadreck Chirikure -- Rock art research in Africa / Benjamin Smith -- The archaeology of ritual and religions in Africa / Timothy Insoll -- Material culture, space, identity / Stephanie Wynne-Jones -- Landscape archaeology / Jeffrey Fleisher -- Maritime archaeology in Africa / Colin Breen -- Managing africa's archaeological heritage / Noemie Arazi, Ibrahima Thiaw -- Museums and public archaeology in Africa / Chapurukha Kusimba, Carla Klehm -- Archaeology and education / Amanda Esterhuysen, Paul J. Lane -- Politics, ideology, indigenous perspectives / John Giblin
Part III. Becoming Human. -- Hominin evolution as the context for african prehistory / Robert A. Foley -- The oldowan : early hominins and the beginning of human culture / Manuel Domínguez-Rodrigo -- The African acheulean : an archaeological summary / Mohamed Sahnouni, Sileshi Semaw, Michael Rogers -- Genetic and fossil evidence for modern human origins / Marta Lahr -- Beyond modernity / Lawrence Barham
Part IV, Hunters, Gatherers, and Intensifiers : The Diversity of African Foragers. -- Theoretical frameworks for understanding African hunter-gatherers / Lyn Wadley -- Hunter-gatherers in Southern Africa before 20,000 years ago / Marlize Lombard -- The Middle Stone Age of Eastern Africa / Laura Basell -- Hunting and gathering in Africa's tropical forests at the end of the Pleistocene and in the Early Holocene / Els Cornelissen -- Hunter-gatherers of the Nile Valley and the Sahara before 12,000 years ago / Elena Garcea -- Hunter-gatherers of the Maghreb 25,000-6,000 years ago / Nick Barton, Abdeljalil Bouzouggar -- Hunter-gatherer-fishers of the Sahara and the Sahel 12,000-4,000 years ago / Barbara E. Barich -- Hunter-gatherer-fishers of Eastern and South-Central Africa since 20,000 years ago / Sibel Barut Kusimba -- Southern African hunter-gatherers of the last 25,000 years / Peter Mitchell
Part V. Food for Thought : The Archaeology of African Pastoralistand Farming Communities. -- Domesticating animals in Africa / Diane Gifford-Gonzalez, Olivier Hanotte -- Domesticating plants in Africa / Dorian Q. Fuller, Elisabeth Hildebrand -- The emergence and spread of herding in northern Africa : a critical reappraisal / Savino di Lernia -- Early farming societies along the Nile / Randi Haaland, Gunnar Haaland -- Pathways to food production in the Sahel / Peter Breunig -- Archaeological evidence for the emergence of food production in the Horn of Africa / Matthew Curtis -- The archaeology of pastoralism and stock-keeping in East Africa / Paul J. Lane -- The stone to metal age in west africa / Joanna Casey -- The appearance and development of metallurgy south of the Sahara / Bertram Mapunda -- Archaeologies of the Bantu expansion / Pierre de Maret -- The archaeology of herding in southernmost Africa / Karim Sadr -- Early farming communities of Southern and South-central Africa / Peter Mitchell -- The archaeology of agricultural intensification in Africa / Daryl Stump
Part VI. Power, Prestige, and Consumption : African Towns and States and Their Neighbours. -- The Archaeology of African Urbanism / Paul Sinclair -- The Archaeology of the precolonial state in Africa / J. Cameron Monroe -- The archaeology of clan- and lineage-based societies in Africa / Matthew Davies -- Pharaonic Egypt / Ian Shaw -- Kerma and Kush and their neighbours / Derek A. Wels-- Berber, Phoenicio-Punic, and Greek North Africa / Farès Moussa -- Roman Africa and the Sahara / Anna Leone, Farès Moussa -- Medieval and Post-Medieval states of the Nile Valley / David N. Edwards -- Complex societies of the Eritrean/Ethiopian Highlands and their neighbours / David W. Phillipson -- States, trade, and ethnicities in the Maghreb / Said Ennahid -- Complex societies, urbanism, and trade in the Western Sahel / Kevin MacDonald -- States and trade in the Central Sahel / Detlef Gronenborn -- Towns and states of the West African Forest Belt / Akin Ogundiran -- Recent farming communities and states in the Congo Basin and its environs / Pierre de Maret -- The emergence of states in Great Lakes Africa / Andrew Reid -- The Swahili world / Adria La Violette -- The Zimbabwe culture and its neighbours : origins, development, and consequences of social complexity in Southern Africa / Innocent Pikirayi -- Southern African late farming communities / Alex Schoeman -- Madagascar : from initial settlement to the frowth of kingdoms / Chantal Radimilahy
Part VII. African Societies and the Modern World System. -- The archaeology of the Ottoman Empire in Northern and Northeastern Africa / Intisar Soghayroun -- Contexts of interaction : the archaeology of European exploration and expansion in western and southern Africa in comparative perspective / Natalie Swanepoel -- An archaeological perspective on West Africa and the post-1500 Atlantic world / Ibrahima Thiaw, François Richard -- Connecting the archaeologies of the Atlantic world : Africa and the African diasporas / Ken Kelly -- The archaeology of colonial encounters in Eastern Africa / Sarah Croucher
Summary The Oxford Handbook of African Archaeology presents a series of articles by colleagues working across the continent for incorporation within a volume that sets African archaeology within its theoretical, methodological, and historical context and simultaneously spans the entire history of human culture on the African continent. The book is organised into seven parts. After the Introduction, Part II examines how African archaeology emerged as a recognisable element within the broader discipline. Part III addresses the archaeological, fossil, and genetic evidence for early human origins from the beginning of the hominin line and the earliest archaeological evidence to the evolution of the one surviving hominin species, Homo sapiens. Part IV considers the variation evident across time and space in the ways in which people structured their material and cognitive worlds while securing food and raw materials by exploiting a wide range of plants and animals. Part V shifts to societies that developed a radically different approach to their subsistence needs, obtaining food from many different domesticated animals and plants combined together in a diversity of ways. After introductory articles considering the archaeology of those communities, as well as the archaeologies of African urbanism and state formation, the remaining articles of Part VI address the relations between town and state, élites and non-élites, and Africa and other parts of the world. Part VII examines how African communities participated in the creation of the globalised world in which they now live
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from home page (viewed on August 16, 2013)
Subject Excavations (Archaeology) -- Africa
Excavations (Archaeology)
Africa -- History.
Africa -- Antiquities
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Mitchell, Peter, 1962- editor.
Lane, Paul (Paul J.), editor.
ISBN 9780191750090
Other Titles African archaeology