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The Zimbabwe Culture

The Zimbabwe Culture Author Innocent Pikirayi
ISBN-10 9780585386492
Release 2002-07-15
Pages 336
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Offering a unique and original perspective on the rise and fall of indigenous states of southern Zambezia, The Zimbabwe Culture analyzes the long contentious history of the remains of the remarkable cyclopean masonry, ranging from mighty capitals of traditional kings to humble farmsteads. Forming a cornerstone of the geographical lore of Africa in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, debate on the origins, development, and collapse of the Zimbabwe culture has never ceased, and with increasing archaeological research over the twentieth century, has become more complex. Thoroughly examining the growth and decline of pre-colonial states on the entire Zimbabwean Plateau and southern Zambezia, Dr. Pikirayi has contributed tremendously towards the archaeological understanding of this extraordinary culture. The Zimbabwe Culture is essential reading for all students and avocationalists of African archaeology, history, and culture.

Archaeology Language and the African Past

Archaeology  Language  and the African Past Author Roger Blench
ISBN-10 9780759114210
Release 2006-06-22
Pages 388
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Scholarly work that attempts to match linguistic and archaeological evidence in precolonial Africa

The Evolution of Modern Humans in Africa

The Evolution of Modern Humans in Africa Author Pamela R. Willoughby
ISBN-10 0759101191
Release 2007
Pages 439
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A fascinating, detailed study of the origins of modern humans. Includes material from Willoughby's own research in Tanzania.

African Connections

African Connections Author Peter Mitchell
ISBN-10 0759102597
Release 2005-01-01
Pages 309
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From the exodus of early modern humans to the growth of African diasporas, Africa has had a long and complex relationship with the outside world. More than a passive vessel manipulated by external empires, the African experience has been a complex mix of internal geographic, environmental, sociopolitical and economic factors, and regular interaction with outsiders. Peter Mitchell attempts to outline these factors over the long period of modern human history, to find their commonalities and development over time. He examines African interconnections through Egypt and Nubia with the Near East, through multiple Indian Ocean trading systems, through the trans-Saharan trade, and through more recent incursion of Europeans. The African diaspora is also explored for continuities and resistance to foreign domination. Commonalities abound in the African experience, as do complexities of each individual period and interrelationship. Mitchell s sweeping analysis of African connections place the continent in context of global prehistory and history. The book should be of interest not only to Africanists, but to many other archaeologists, historians, geographers, linguists, social scientists and their students."

The Oxford Handbook of African Archaeology

The Oxford Handbook of African Archaeology Author Peter Mitchell
ISBN-10 9780191626159
Release 2013-07-04
Pages 1080
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Africa has the longest and arguably the most diverse archaeological record of any of the continents. It is where the human lineage first evolved and from where Homo sapiens spread across the rest of the world. Later, it witnessed novel experiments in food-production and unique trajectories to urbanism and the organisation of large communities that were not always structured along strictly hierarchical lines. Millennia of engagement with societies in other parts of the world confirm Africa's active participation in the construction of the modern world, while the richness of its history, ethnography, and linguistics provide unusually powerful opportunities for constructing interdisciplinary narratives of Africa's past. This Handbook provides a comprehensive and up-to-date synthesis of African archaeology, covering the entirety of the continent's past from the beginnings of human evolution to the archaeological legacy of European colonialism. As well as covering almost all periods and regions of the continent, it includes a mixture of key methodological and theoretical issues and debates, and situates the subject's contemporary practice within the discipline's history and the infrastructural challenges now facing its practitioners. Bringing together essays on all these themes from over seventy contributors, many of them living and working in Africa, it offers a highly accessible, contemporary account of the subject for use by scholars and students of not only archaeology, but also history, anthropology, and other disciplines.

The Silence of Great Zimbabwe

The Silence of Great Zimbabwe Author Joost Fontein
ISBN-10 9781315417202
Release 2016-06-03
Pages 264
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This book examines the politics of landscape and heritage by focusing on the example of Great Zimbabwe National Monument in southern Zimbabwe. The controversy that surrounded the site in the early part of the 20th century, between colonial antiquarians and professional archaeologists, is well reported in the published literature. Based on long term ethnographic field work around Great Zimbabwe, as well as archival research in NMMZ, in the National Archives of Zimbabwe, and several months of research at the World Heritage Centre in Paris, this new book represents an important step beyond that controversy over origins, to focus on the site's position in local contests between, and among individuals within, the Nemanwa, Charumbira and Mugabe clans over land, power and authority. To justify their claims, chiefs, spirit mediums and elders of each clan make appeals to different, but related, constructions of the past. Emphasising the disappearance of the 'Voice' that used to speak there, these narratives also describe the destruction, alienation and desecration of Great Zimbabwe that occurred, and continues, through the international and national, archaeological and heritage processes and practices by which Great Zimbabwe has become a national and world heritage site today.

Historical archaeology in Africa

Historical archaeology in Africa Author Peter Ridgway Schmidt
ISBN-10 0759109648
Release 2006
Pages 316
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Historical Archaeology in Africa is an inquiry into the questions that count, proposing different ways of thinking about historical archaeology. Peter Schmidt challenges readers to expand their horizons beyond the ethnocentrism of archaeology, as it is defined and practiced in North America. Confronting topics of oral traditions, our orientation to archaeology, and the misrepresentation of various cultures, Schmidt calls for a new pathway to an enriched, more nuanced, and more inclusive historical archaeology.

African herders

African herders Author Andrew Brown Smith
ISBN-10 0759107475
Release 2005
Pages 251
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Utilizing almost 40 years' work, Andrew Smith presents a detailed portrait of modern herdsmen and their historical antecedents. Following the assumption that Africa has never been isolated from the rest of the world, Smith illuminates key topics ranging from material culture and rituals, to future prospects for pastoralists. Visit our website for sample chapters!

Southern Africa and the Swahili World

Southern Africa and the Swahili World Author Felix Chami
ISBN-10 UOM:39015051574823
Release 2002-01
Pages 138
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The sequel to People, Contacts and the Environment in the African Past, published under the auspices of a thriving and diverse regional archaeology research project, 'Human Responses and Contributions to Environmental Change in Africa'. The book series aims to disseminate the project's results and stimulate debate on current issues relating to the archaeology of the region, from specific and regional perspectives. The editors present an overview study of the Swahili World, and the excavation of Kaole ruins; and there is a chapter in French on the bi-partition of Swahili sites, taking the example of Gede. Three papers are on Zimbabwean archaeology, one of which presents findings from recent surveys in northern Zimbabwe and their contribution to an understanding of the cultural history and spatial behaviour of pre-historic farming communities in the area. The other papers cover: the merits of using ceramics as material culture to interpret aspects of pre-historic human behaviour in Southern Africa; the history of glass beads and iron metallurgy across the region; and the effect of geo- environmental aspects on the location of sites on the central coast of Tanzania.

Cloth in West African history

Cloth in West African history Author Colleen E. Kriger
ISBN-10 IND:30000109148738
Release 2006
Pages 214
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In this holistic approach to the study of textiles and their makers, Colleen Kriger charts the role cotton has played in commercial, community, and labor settings. She pays close attention the details of how people made, exchanged, and wore cotton cloth from before industrialization in Europe to the twentieth century. Closely tracing this history in Nigeria,Cloth in West African History offers a fresh perspective on the history of the region and on the local, regional, and global processes that shaped it.

The archaeology of ritual

The archaeology of ritual Author Evangelos Kyriakidis
ISBN-10 UOM:39015073905849
Release 2007
Pages 319
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This book is the fruit of the third Cotsen Advanced Seminar conducted at UCLA. A wide spectrum of scholars, historians, art historians, anthropologists, students of performance, students of religion, archaeologists, cognitive scientists, and linguists were all asked to think and comment on how ritual can be traced in archaeology and which ways ritual research can go in that discipline. The product is a fairly accurate representation of research on ritual and the archaeology of ritual: scholars from various disciplines, backgrounds and agendas, arguing mostly in the most logical fashion, yet with little agreement between them. So this book should not be seen as presenting one unified attitude towards ritual and its study in archaeology. It should rather be seen as a reflection of what the discourse in the archaeology of ritual is today. The outcome has been extremely thought provoking, often controversial, but always of extremely high quality.

Metals in Past Societies

Metals in Past Societies Author Shadreck Chirikure
ISBN-10 9783319116419
Release 2015-03-18
Pages 166
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This book seeks to communicate to both a global and local audience, the key attributes of pre-industrial African metallurgy such as technological variation across space and time, methods of mining and extractive metallurgy and the fabrication of metal objects. These processes were transformative in a physical and metaphoric sense, which made them total social facts. Because the production and use of metals was an accretion of various categories of practice, a chaine operatoire conceptual and theoretical framework that simultaneously considers the embedded technological and anthropological factors was used. The book focuses on Africa’s different regions as roughly defined by cultural geography. On the one hand there is North Africa, Egypt, the Egyptian Sudan, and the Horn of Africa which share cultural inheritances with the Middle East and on the other is Africa south of the Sahara and the Sudan which despite interacting with the former is remarkably different in terms of technological practice. For example, not only is the timing of metallurgy different but so is the infrastructure for working metals and the associated symbolic and sociological factors. The cultural valuation of metals and the social positions of metal workers were different too although there is evidence of some values transfer and multi-directional technological cross borrowing. The multitude of permutations associated with metals production and use amply demonstrates that metals participated in the production and reproduction of society. Despite huge temporal and spatial differences there are so many common factors between African metallurgy and that of other regions of the world. For example, the role of magic and ritual in metal working is almost universal be it in Bolivia, Nepal, Malawi, Timna, Togo or Zimbabwe. Similarly, techniques of mining were constrained by the underlying geology but this should not in any way suggest that Africa’s metallurgy was derivative or that the continent had no initiative. Rather it demonstrates that when confronted with similar challenges, humanity in different regions of the world responded to identical challenges in predictable ways mediated as mediated by the prevailing cultural context. The success of the use of historical and ethnographic data in understanding variation and improvisation in African metallurgical practices flags the potential utility of these sources in Asia, Latin America and Europe. Some nuance is however needed because it is simply naïve to assume that everything depicted in the history or ethnography has a parallel in the past and vice versa. Rather, the confluence of archaeology, history and ethnography becomes a pedestal for dialogue between different sources, subjects and ideas that is important for broadening our knowledge of global categories of metallurgical practice.

Privileged Places in South Central Mozambique

Privileged Places in South Central Mozambique Author Solange Macamo
ISBN-10 IND:30000115757720
Release 2006
Pages 286
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Privileged Places in South Central Mozambique has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Privileged Places in South Central Mozambique also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Privileged Places in South Central Mozambique book for free.

Climate Change Trade and Modes of Production in Sub Saharan Africa

Climate Change  Trade and Modes of Production in Sub Saharan Africa Author Felix Chami
ISBN-10 UOM:39015073967757
Release 2003-01
Pages 197
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This study intends to update the earlier publication, The Economics of Publishing Educational Materials in Africa (Bgoya et al., 1997), and to incorporate new research and perspectives on public-private sector relations and the increasing importance of the local private sector in textbook provision.

Journal of African Archaeology

Journal of African Archaeology Author
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105131529583
Release 2006
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Journal of African Archaeology has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Journal of African Archaeology also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Journal of African Archaeology book for free.

Quaternary Environmental Change in Southern Africa

Quaternary Environmental Change in Southern Africa Author Jasper Knight
ISBN-10 9781107055797
Release 2016-06-23
Pages 468
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Provides a benchmark study of southern African landscape evolution during the Quaternary, for researchers, professionals and policymakers.

The South African Archaeological Bulletin

The South African Archaeological Bulletin Author
ISBN-10 IND:30000125385264
Release 2007
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The South African Archaeological Bulletin has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from The South African Archaeological Bulletin also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full The South African Archaeological Bulletin book for free.