The Oxford Handbook of African Archaeology

Hardcover | October 4, 2013

EditorPeter Mitchell, Paul Lane

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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 tourbanism 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, itincludes 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.

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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 tourbanism and the organisation of large commu...

Peter Mitchell is Professor of African Archaeology, Tutor and Fellow at St Hugh's College, Oxford, and Honorary Research Associate, GAES, at the University of the Witwatersrand. From 2004 until 2006 he served as President of the Society of Africanist Archaeologists, and since 2006 has been Honrary Secretary of the British Institute in ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:1056 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.1 inPublished:October 4, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of FiguresList of TablesList of ContributorsPart I: Introduction1. Peter Mitchell and Paul Lane: Introducing African ArchaeologyPart II: Doing African Archaeology: Theory, Method, Practice2. Graham Connah: Archaeological Practice in Africa: A Historical Perspective3. Peter Schmidt: Oral History, Oral Traditions, and Archaeology: The Application of Structural Analyses4. Roger Blench: Language, Linguistics, and Archaeology: Their Integration in the Study of African Prehistory5. Scott MacEachern: Genetics and Archaeology6. Ceri Ashley: Archaeology and Migration in Africa7. Diane Lyons: Ethnoarchaeological Research in Africa8. Christian Tryon: Studying African Stone Tools9. Olivier Gosselain and Alexandre Livingstone-Smith): A Century of Ceramic Studies in Africa10. Shadrack Chirikure: The Archaeology of African Metalworking11. Benjamin Smith: Rock Art Research in Africa12. Timothy Insoll: The Archaeology of Ritual and Religions in Africa13. Stepahnie Wynne-Jones: Material Culture, Space, and Identity14. Jeff Fleisher: Landscape Archaeology15. Colin Breen: Maritime Archaeology in Africa16. Noemie Arazi and Ibrahima Thiaw: Managing Africa's Archaeological Heritage17. Chapurukha Kusimba and Carla Klehm: Museums and Public Archaeology in Africa18. Amanda Esterhuysen and Paul Lane: Archaeology and Education19. John Giblin: Politics, Ideology, and Indigenous PerspectivesPart III: Becoming Human20. Robert Foley: Hominin Evolution as the Context for African Prehistory21. Manuel Dominguez-Rodrigo: The Oldowan: Early Hominins and the Beginning of Human Culture22. Mohamed Sahnouni, Sileshi Semaw and Michael Rogers: The African Acheulean: An Archaeological Summary23. Marta Lahr: Genetic and Fossil Evidence for Modern Human Origins24. Lawrence Barham: Beyond ModernityPart IV: Hunters, Gatherers, and Intensifiers: The Diversity of African Foragers25. Lyn Wadley: Theoretical Frameworks for Understanding African Hunter-Gatherers26. Marlize Lombard: Hunter-Gatherers in Southern Africa before 20,000 years ago27. Laura Basell: The Middle Stone Age of Eastern Africa28. Els Cornelissen: Hunting and Gathering in Africa's Tropical Forests at the end of the Pleistocene and in the Early Holocene29. Elena Garcea: Hunter-Gatherers of the Nile Valley and the Sahara before 12,000 years ago30. Nick Barton and Abdeljalil Bouzouggar: Hunter-Gatherers of the Maghreb: 25,000-6000 years ago31. Barbara Barich: Hunter-Gatherer-Fishers of the Sahara and the Sahel 12,000-4000 years ago32. Sibel Barut Kusimba: Hunter-Gatherer-Fishers of Eastern and South-Central Africa since 20,000 years ago33. Peter Mitchell: Southern African Hunter-Gatherers of the last 25,000 yearsPart V: Food for Thought: The Archaeology of African Pastoralist and Farming Communities34. Diane Gifford-Gonzalez and Olivier Hanotte: Domesticating Animals in Africa35. Dorian Fuller and Elizabeth Hildebrand: Domesticating Plants in Africa36. Savino Di Lernia: The Emergence and Spread of Herding in Northern Africa: A Critical Reappraisal37. Randi Haaland and Gunnar Haaland: Early Farming Societies Along the Nile38. Peter Breunig: Pathways to Food-Production in the Sahel39. Matthew Curtis: Archaeological Evidence for the Emergence of Food-Production in the Horn of Africa40. Paul Lane: The Archaeology of Pastoralism and Stock-Keeping in East Africa41. Joanna Casey: The Stone to Metal Age in West Africa42. Bertram Mapunda: The Appearance and Development of Metallurgy South of the Sahara43. Pierre de Maret: Archaeologies of the Bantu Expansion44. Karim Sadr: The Archaeology of Herding in Southernmost Africa45. Peter Mitchell: Early Farming Communities of Southern and South-Central Africa46. Daryl Stump: The Archaeology of Agricultural Intensification in AfricaPart VI: Power, Prestige, and Consumption: African Towns and States and their Neighbours47. Paul Sinclair: The Archaeology of African Urbanism48. Cameron Monroe: The Archaeology of the Pre-Colonial State in Africa49. Matthew Davies: The Archaeology of Clan- and Lineage-Based Societies in Africa50. Ian Shaw: Pharaonic Egypt51. Derek Welsby: Kerma and Kush and their Neighbours52. Fares Moussa: Berber, Phoenicio-Punic, and Greek North Africa53. Anna Leone and Fares Moussa: Roman Africa and the Sahara54. David Edwards: Medieval and Post-Medieval States of the Nile Valley55. David Phillipson: Complex Societies of the Eritrean/Ethiopian Highlands and their Neighbours56. Said Ennahid: States, Trade, and Ethnicities in the Maghrib57. Kevin MacDonald: Complex Societies, Urbanism, and Trade in the Western Sahel58. Detlef Gronenborn: States and Trade in the Central Sahel59. Akin Ogundiran: Towns and States of the West African Forest Belt60. Pierre de Maret: Recent Farming Communities and States in the Congo Basin and its Environs61. Andrew Reid: The Emergence of States in Great Lakes Africa62. Adria Laviolette: The Swahili World63. Innocent Pikirayi: The Zimbabwe Culture and its Neighbours: Origins, Development, and Consequences of Social Complexity in Southern Africa64. Alex Schoeman: Southern African Late Farming Communities65. Chantal Radimilahy: Madagascar from Initial Settlement to the Growth of KingdomsPart VII: African Societies and the Modern World System66. Intisar El Zein: The Archaeology of the Ottoman Empire in Northern and Northeastern Africa67. Natalie Swanepoel: Contexts of Interaction: The Archaeology of European Exploration and Expansion in Western and Southern Africa in Comparative Perspective68. Ibrahima Thiaw and Francois Richard: An archaeological Perspective on West Africa and the Post-1500 Atlantic World69. Ken Kelly: Connecting the Archaeologies of the Atlantic World: Africa and the African Diasporas70. Sarah croucher: The Archaeology of Colonial Encounters in Eastern AfricaIndex