Tsodilo Hills: Copper Bracelet of the Kalahari

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For 100,000 years, inhabitants of Botswana's Tsodilo Hills region left behind a record of their gathering wild foods, hunting, fishing, mining, rock painting, cattle herding, and metalworking, as well as of their participation in a coast-to-coast trade network. During the past 30 years, archaeologists, paleontologists, historians, and anthropologists have worked at Tsodilo.
     Here is the Tsodilo story, the Hills' revelations brought together in one volume,...

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Overview

For 100,000 years, inhabitants of Botswana's Tsodilo Hills region left behind a record of their gathering wild foods, hunting, fishing, mining, rock painting, cattle herding, and metalworking, as well as of their participation in a coast-to-coast trade network. During the past 30 years, archaeologists, paleontologists, historians, and anthropologists have worked at Tsodilo.
     Here is the Tsodilo story, the Hills' revelations brought together in one volume, beautifully illuminated by more than 150 color plates and maps. For scientists, this work brings together decades of research at a site in the Kalahari that was virtually unknown until the late 1970s. Tsodilo Hills also offers a fascinating glimpse into the history of the Kalahari Desert to the general reader, as well as an unsurpassedguide to an extraordinary world to the desert's many tourists.

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John Yellen
Tsodilo Hills is a wonderfully researched and richly textured description of one of Africa's most sacred sites. It weaves togethermultiple lines of evidence — geological, ecological, anthropological, and historical — to construct a chain of interaction thatextends for tens of millennia and ties together people and place. It combines perspectives of scientists, students, governmentadministrators, and Tsodilo inhabitants to look from the present both back to the past and into the future. (John Yellen, research associate at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870138584
  • Publisher: Michigan State University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2010
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Alec Campbell is Emeritus Director of the Department of Wildlife and National Parks and National Monuments, Botswana.

Larry Robbins is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at Michigan State University and a founding member of the Society for Africanist Anthropologists.

Michael Taylor works with the International Land Coalition in Rome, Italy, as an advocate for land rights in Africa and globally.

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  • Posted March 31, 2010

    ancient African spiritual and anthropological site

    Tsodilo Hills are two hills in the northwest corner of Botswana which are actually the size of small mountains. Since time immemorial, one has been considered male and the other female by regional indigenous African tribes. The hills stand out in the rugged area for their glowing, enchanting copper tone usually at sunset. They have been the center of spiritual life of tribes of the area since before recorded history. Today the hills have become attractions for tourists from all parts of the world because of their legendary reputation. And they are also the focus of study for anthropologists and other scientists and researchers for the ancient colored drawings found in parts of them and other artifacts shedding a light on the regional African cultures.

    This work covers these varied, yet interrelated subjects pertaining to the Tsodilo Hills. The abundant photographs range from enthralling and intriguing parts of the Hills, timeless weapons and habitats of area tribes, individuals in traditional and in contemporary dress, rock paintings, and members of scientific teams. Many maps too regarding different aspects of the Hills (e. g., tourist facilities, excavation sites) fill in the multifaceted perspective on them. The work can be used by adventurous travelers wishing for a full appreciation of the unique natural sites and also students of geology, anthropology, Africa, and other subjects as a study on one of the world's natural wonders and oldest inhabited areas.

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