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Handbook to the Iron Age: The Archaeology of Pre-Colonial Farming Societies in Southern Africa

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The Iron Age in South Africa lasted from 200 AD to 1846 AD. This means that archaeologists can also be anthropologists, working with people who remember oral history and tradition. In this handbook Huffman (archaeology, U. of the Witwatersrand, South Africa) covers history, artifacts and community patterns. The book is divided into three sections. The first covers method and background necessary to begin the study. The second is a detailed catalogue of ceramic finds, useful for archaeologists in the field. Lastly, Huffman reviews the major debates in the field, with many references. Many color photographs and drawings, along with graphs, maps and charts are included. Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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This detailed handbook to the Iron Age covers the last 2,000 years in Southern Africa. The first part of the book outlines essential topics such as settlement organization, stonewalled patterns, ritual residues, long-distance trade, and ancient mining. Part two presents a comprehensive culture-history sequence through ceramic analyses, showing distributions, stylistic types, and characteristic pieces. The final section reviews and updates the main debates about black prehistory, including migration vs. diffusion, the role of cattle, the origins of Mapungubwe, the rise and fall of Great Zimbabwe, as well as the archaeology of the Venda, the Sotho-Tswana, and the Nguni speakers. Handbook to the Iron Age is an abundantly illustrated study that is accessible to a wide range of people interested in African prehistory.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781869141080
Publisher:
University of Kwazulu Natal Press
Subject:
Antiquities
Author:
Huffman, Thomas N.
Subject:
Excavations (archaeology)
Subject:
Archaeology
Subject:
Africa - South - General
Subject:
Archaeology-General
Publication Date:
20071231
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
504
Dimensions:
11.80x8.20x1.30 in. 4.70 lbs.
Age Level:
The Archaeology of Pre-Colonial Farming Societies

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History and Social Science » Archaeology » Africa
History and Social Science » Archaeology » General
History and Social Science » World History » General

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"Synopsis" by , This detailed handbook to the Iron Age covers the last 2,000 years in Southern Africa. The first part of the book outlines essential topics such as settlement organization, stonewalled patterns, ritual residues, long-distance trade, and ancient mining. Part two presents a comprehensive culture-history sequence through ceramic analyses, showing distributions, stylistic types, and characteristic pieces. The final section reviews and updates the main debates about black prehistory, including migration vs. diffusion, the role of cattle, the origins of Mapungubwe, the rise and fall of Great Zimbabwe, as well as the archaeology of the Venda, the Sotho-Tswana, and the Nguni speakers. Handbook to the Iron Age is an abundantly illustrated study that is accessible to a wide range of people interested in African prehistory.
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