The Archaeology of Southern Africa / Edition 1

The Archaeology of Southern Africa / Edition 1

by Peter Mitchell
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The Archaeology of Southern Africa / Edition 1

Southern Africa has one of the longest histories of occupation by modern humans and their ancestors anywhere in the world: over three million years. Research in Southern Africa is central to many key debates in contemporary archaeology, including hominid origins, the origins of anatomically modern humans and modern forms of behavior, and the development of ethnographically informed perspectives for understanding its rich heritage of rock art. This is the first attempt at a synthesis of the sub-continent's past in over forty years.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521633895
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/28/2002
Series: Cambridge World Archaeology Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 532
Product dimensions: 6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 1.34(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Frameworks; 3. Origins; 4. Modern humans, modern behaviour?; 5. Living through the late Pleistocene; 6. From the Pleistocene into the Holocene: social and ecological models of cultural change; 7. Hunting, gathering and intensifying: Holocene foragers in Southern Africa; 8. History from the rocks, ethnography from the desert; 9. Taking stock: the introduction and impact of pastoralism; 10. Early farming communities; 11. The Zimbabwe tradition; 12. Later farming communities of southernmost Africa; 13. The archaeology of colonialism; 14. Southern African archaeology today.

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