African Civilizations: An Archaeological Perspective / Edition 2

African Civilizations: An Archaeological Perspective / Edition 2

by Graham Connah, Douglas Hobbs
     
 

This new revised edition of African civilizations re-examines the physical evidence for developing social complexity in tropical Africa over the last four thousand years. Graham Connah focuses upon the archaeological research of two key aspects of complexity, urbanism and state formation, in seven main areas of Africa: Nubia, Ethiopia, the West African savanna, the… See more details below

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This new revised edition of African civilizations re-examines the physical evidence for developing social complexity in tropical Africa over the last four thousand years. Graham Connah focuses upon the archaeological research of two key aspects of complexity, urbanism and state formation, in seven main areas of Africa: Nubia, Ethiopia, the West African savanna, the West African forest, the East African coast and islands, the Zimbabwe Plateau and parts of Central Africa. The book's main concern is to review the available evidence in its varied environmental setting, and to consider possible explanations of the developments that gave rise to it. Extensively illustrated, including new maps and plans, and offering an extended bibliography, this book provides essential reading for students of archaeology, anthropology, African history, black studies and social geography.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521593090
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2001
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
356
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.94(d)

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Table of Contents

List of figures
Preface to the first edition
Preface to the second edition
1The context1
2Birth on the Nile: the Nubian achievement18
3The benefits of isolation: the Ethiopian Highlands66
4An optimal zone: the West African savanna108
5Brilliance beneath the trees: the West African forest and its fringes144
6The edge or the centre: cities of the East African coast and islands181
7A question of context: Great Zimbabwe and related sites223
8In the heart of Africa: the Upemba Depression and the Interlacustrine Region263
9What are the common denominators?291
Bibliography297
Index331

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