African Civilizations: An Archaeological Perspective / Edition 2

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Overview

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.
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"The text is intelligible to laymen, the illustrations excellent, and the case studies intriguing." Africa Today

"Graham Connah states in the introduction of this work that his purpose is to overcome the widespread stereotype that Africa represents a continent 'of scattered groups of people living in small villages of grass or mud "huts,"' but 'is about the material evidence of cities and states,' that is 'civilization.' The author succeeds admirably in this goal. The organization of the study is unique. The writing is integrated, lucid and eminently readable." The International Journal of African Historical Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521593090
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
Preface to the first edition
Preface to the second edition
1 The context 1
2 Birth on the Nile: the Nubian achievement 18
3 The benefits of isolation: the Ethiopian Highlands 66
4 An optimal zone: the West African savanna 108
5 Brilliance beneath the trees: the West African forest and its fringes 144
6 The edge or the centre: cities of the East African coast and islands 181
7 A question of context: Great Zimbabwe and related sites 223
8 In the heart of Africa: the Upemba Depression and the Interlacustrine Region 263
9 What are the common denominators? 291
Bibliography 297
Index 331
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