Archives, Objects, Places and Landscapes: Multidisciplinary approaches to Decolonised Zimbabwean Pasts by Munyaradzi Manyanga

Archives, Objects, Places and Landscapes: Multidisciplinary approaches to Decolonised Zimbabwean Pasts

byMunyaradzi Manyanga, Shadreck Chirikure

Paperback | April 11, 2017

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Dissatisfaction has matured in Africa and elsewhere around the fact that often, the dominant frameworks for interpreting the continent’s past are not rooted on the continent’s value system and philosophy. This creates knowledge that does not make sense especially to local communities. The big question therefore is can Africans develop theories that can contribute towards the interpretation of the African past, using their own experiences? Framed within a concept revision substrate, the collection of papers in this thought provoking volume argues for concept revision as a step towards decolonizing knowledge in the post-colony. The various papers powerfully expose that ‘cleansed’ knowledge is not only locally relevant: it is also locally accessible and globally understandable.

Munyaradzi Manyanga is a senior lecturer in archaeology and heritage management at the University of Zimbabwe. He holds a licentiate and PhD from Uppsala University, Sweden.Shadreck Chirikure is an associate professor in the Department of Archaeology, University of Cape Town. He has an MA in artefact studies and a PhD in archaeology fr...
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Title:Archives, Objects, Places and Landscapes: Multidisciplinary approaches to Decolonised Zimbabwean Pa...Format:PaperbackProduct dimensions:500 pages, 9 X 6 X 1.01 inShipping dimensions:500 pages, 9 X 6 X 1.01 inPublished:April 11, 2017Publisher:African Books CollectiveLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Archives, objects, places  and landscapes: the multidisciplinary  and decolonising imperative
Chapter 2: Concept and knowledge revision  in the post-colony: mmukwerera, the practice  of asking for rain amongst the Shona of  Southern Africa
Chapter 3: The Later Stone Age of the  Murewa−Mutoko area, northern Zimbabwe
Chapter 4: Functional analysis of Middle  Stone Age lithic material from Redcliff  Cave, central Zimbabwe
Chapter 5: Necks on the rocks:  the giraffe in the rock art of Jahunda
Chapter 6: Chronology of Early Farming  Communities of northern Zimbabwe: a reappraisal
Chapter 7: Ndongo: a Zimbabwe culture  site in the middle Save valley
Chapter 8: The Mutapa and the Portuguese: archaeometallurgy and regional interactions  in Southern Africa
Chapter 9: Material culture of fluid identities:  towards an historical archaeology of the  Gaza Nguni in eastern Zimbabwe
Chapter 10: Prehistoric food storage and  security in Zimbabwe: a look at  nineteenth-century grain bins in  Southern Zimbabwe
Chapter 11: Aspects of consumption and  symbolism: a ceramic ethnoarchaeological  study of ritual vessels among the Saunyama  of north-eastern Zimbabwe
Chapter 12: Precolonial hunting in  Southern Africa: a changing paradigm
Chapter 13: When the smith is a woman:  innovation, improvisation and ambiguity  in the organisation of African iron metallurgy
Chapter 14: The artefact with its record:  towards an holistic approach in the  management of collections in  Zimbabwe Museums
Chapter 15: Securing the future of collections  in Zimbabwe through preventive conservation:  the case of Zimbabwe Military Museum
Chapter 16: ‘Disabled access’: debating the  accessibility of Zimbabwe national museums  by people with disabilities
Chapter 17: The monument we deserve:  authenticity and the conservation of  dry-stone walls at Naletale National  Monument, Zimbabwe
Chapter 18: Myths as metaphors: understanding  narratives in sustaining living cultural  landscapes in Zimbabwe and Australia
Chapter 19: Changing circumstances,  changing values: community  involvement at Ntabazikamambo (Manyanga)  National Monument in recent times
Chapter 20: Liberation heritage, liberating thoughts:  a critique of the presentation and management  of southern Africa’s liberation heritage

Editorial Reviews

“The authors provide a compelling example of how the revision of concepts can transform our understanding of the African past. Achieved through a sure-footed understanding and application of new techniques and methodologies, this volume illustrates how we are witnessing the emergence of a new era of African scholarship.” - Michael Rowlands, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, University College London