African Archaeology: A Critical Introduction / Edition 1

African Archaeology: A Critical Introduction / Edition 1

by Ann Brower Stahl, Ann Brower (Ed.) Stahl
     
 

African Archaeology: A Critical Introduction fills a crucial gap by providing a multi-authored introduction to the archaeology of Africa that challenges misconceptions and claims about Africa’s past, and teaches students how to evaluate these claims. Ann Stahl’s thoughtful introduction explores the contexts that have shaped archaeological

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African Archaeology: A Critical Introduction fills a crucial gap by providing a multi-authored introduction to the archaeology of Africa that challenges misconceptions and claims about Africa’s past, and teaches students how to evaluate these claims. Ann Stahl’s thoughtful introduction explores the contexts that have shaped archaeological knowledge of Africa’s past and asks readers to consider for whom Africa’s past matters and why. African Archaeology comprises unique contributions by prominent archaeologists with regional and topical expertise. They explore the preoccupations and assumptions that have framed research, assess the quality and reliability of evidence, and chart emerging research directions and questions that can help build on the strengths of earlier work, while finally setting aside long-held misperceptions.

African Archaeology is a landmark volume and an indispensable tool for students, instructors, and researchers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405101561
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/04/2004
Series:
Wiley Blackwell Studies in Global Archaeology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
508
Product dimensions:
6.78(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Series Editors’ Preface.

Figures.

Tables.

Notes on Contributors.

1 Introduction. Changing Perspectives on Africa’s Pasts: Ann Brower Stahl (State University of New York at Binghamton).

2 Barbarous Tribes and Unrewarding Gyrations? The Changing Role of Ethnographic Imagination in African Archaeology: Paul J. Lane (British Institute in Eastern Africa).

3 Discord after Discard. Reconstructing Aspects of Oldowan Hominin Behavior: Thomas Plummer (City University of New York).

4 The Middle and Upper Pleistocene African Record for the Biological and Behavioral Origins of Modern Humans: Curtis W. Marean and Zelalem Assefa (Arizona State University; SUNY at Stony Brook.

5 A Late Pleistocene Archive of Life at the Coast, Klasies River: H. J. Deacon and Sarah Wurz (University of Stellenbosch; University of Stellenbosch).

6 Modeling Later Stone Age Societies in Southern Africa: Peter Mitchell (University of Oxford).

7 Holocene “Aquatic” Adaptations in North Tropical Africa: Augustin F. C. Holl (University of Michigan).

8 Pastoralism and its Consequences: Diane Gifford-Gonzalez (University of California, Santa Cruz).

9 Holocene Occupations of the Forest and Savanna: Joanna Casey (University of South Carolina).

10 The Romance of Farming—Plant Cultivation and Domestication in Africa: Katharina Neumann (J. W. Goethe-Universität).

11 Metallurgy and its Consequences: S. Terry Childs and Eugenia W. Herbert (National Park Service, Mount Holyoke College).

12 The Bantu Problem and African Archaeology: Manfred Eggert (Institut für Ur- und Frühgeschichte und Archäologie des Mittelalters).

13 The Archaeology of Sub-Saharan Urbanism: Cities and their Countrysides: Adria LaViolette and Jeff Fleisher (University of Virginia; University of Virginia).

14 Interaction, Marginalization, and the Archaeology of the Kalahari: Andrew Reid (University College London).

15 Southern Africa and the East African Coast: Gilbert Pwiti (University of Zimbabwe).

16 Mosaics and Interactions: East Africa, 2000 B.P. to the Present: Chapurukha M. Kusimba and Sibel B. Kusimba (The Field Museum, Chicago; Northern Illinois University).

17 From Pottery Groups to Ethnic Groups in Central Africa: Pierre de Maret (Université Libre de Bruxelles).

18 Two Thousand Years of West African History: Scott MacEachern (Bowdoin College).

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