Urban settlements and states were a feature of precolonial societies in many parts of Africa. In this study, Graham Connah uses the direct evidence provided by archaeological investigation to demonstrate the complexity of these urban societies, to understand their origins, their economic basis and social structure. Well illustrated chapters deal with African civilizations in Nubia, Ethiopia, the West African savanna, the West African forest, the East African coast, the Zimbabwe plateau and Central Africa.
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Table of ContentsFigures; Preface and acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. Concepts and questions; 3. Corridor or cul-de-sac: the middle Nile; 4. The benefits of isolation: the Ethiopian highlands; 5. An optimal zone: the West African savanna; 6. Brilliance beneath the trees: the West African forest and its fringes; 7. The edge or the centre: cities of the East African coast; 8. A question of economic basis: Great Zimbabwe and related sites; 9. The problem of archaeological visibility: other precolonial cities and states in tropical Africa; 10. What are the common denominators?; Bibliography; Index.