The Archaeology of Ethiopia

The Archaeology of Ethiopia

by Niall Finneran
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415386462

ISBN-13: 9780415386463

Pub. Date: 08/01/2007

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This book provides the first truly comprehensive multi-period study of the archaeology of Ethiopia, surveying the country's history, detailing the discoveries from the late Stone Age, including the famous 'Lucy' and moving onto the emergence of food production, prehistoric rock art and an analysis of the increasing social complexity that can be observed from the

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This book provides the first truly comprehensive multi-period study of the archaeology of Ethiopia, surveying the country's history, detailing the discoveries from the late Stone Age, including the famous 'Lucy' and moving onto the emergence of food production, prehistoric rock art and an analysis of the increasing social complexity that can be observed from the remains of the first nucleated settlements. The author then discusses the Aksumite empire, the emergence of Christianity in the Middle Ages and Ethiopia's encounters with the west, leading up to the feudal Ethiopia of the twentieth century and the present day.

This book is an excellent and very readable story of the rich heritage of this very misunderstood country.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415386463
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/01/2007
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures vi

List of tables xiii

Preface xiv

Acknowledgements xix

1 A sense of place: Ethiopia, Africa and the world 1

2 From 'Lucy' to the LSA: technological development from the Pliocene to the mid-Holocene period 33

3 From hunting to herding and plant cultivation: beyond ecological determinism and neo-evolutionary trajectories 67

4 Afro-Arabians? Emergent social complexity in the northern highlands in the first millennium BC 109

5 Aksum 146

6 After Aksum: medieval and post-medieval archaeology 207

7 Epilogue: the past in the present 265

Bibliography 273

Index 303

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