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African Archaeology: A Critical Introduction fills a crucial gap by providing a multi-authored introduction to the archaeology of Africa that challenges misconceptions and claims about Africa’s past, and teaches students how to evaluate these claims. Ann Stahl’s thoughtful introduction explores the contexts that have shaped archaeological knowledge of Africa’s past and asks readers to consider for whom Africa’s past matters and why. African Archaeology comprises unique contributions by prominent archaeologists with regional and topical expertise. They explore the preoccupations and assumptions that have framed research, assess the quality and reliability of evidence, and chart emerging research directions and questions that can help build on the strengths of earlier work, while finally setting aside long-held misperceptions.

African Archaeology is a landmark volume and an indispensable tool for students, instructors, and researchers.

Synopsis:

A landmark introduction to the archaeology of Africa that challenges misconceptions & claims about Africa's past and teaches students how to evaluate these claims.

Provides an unprecedented and exciting introduction to the archaeology of Africa

Challenges misconceptions & claims about Africa's past and teaches students how to evaluate these claims

Includes a thoughtful introduction that explores the contexts that have shaped archaeological knowledge of Africa's past

Lays out research questions that have shaped the contours of African archaeology

Comprised of chapters specifically written for this volume by prominent archaeologists with regional and topical expertise

Synopsis:

A landmark introduction to the archaeology of Africa that challenges misconceptions & claims about Africa’s past and teaches students how to evaluate these claims.

  • Provides an unprecedented and exciting introduction to the archaeology of Africa
  • Challenges misconceptions & claims about Africa’s past and teaches students how to evaluate these claims
  • Includes a thoughtful introduction that explores the contexts that have shaped archaeological knowledge of Africa's past
  • Lays out research questions that have shaped the contours of African archaeology
  • Comprised of chapters specifically written for this volume by prominent archaeologists with regional and topical expertise

About the Author

Ann Brower Stahl is Professor of Anthropology at Binghamton University, SUNY

Table of Contents

Series Editors’ Preface.

Figures.

Tables.

Notes on Contributors.

1 Introduction. Changing Perspectives on Africa’s Pasts: Ann Brower Stahl (State University of New York at Binghamton).

2 Barbarous Tribes and Unrewarding Gyrations? The Changing Role of Ethnographic Imagination in African Archaeology: Paul J. Lane (British Institute in Eastern Africa).

3 Discord after Discard. Reconstructing Aspects of Oldowan Hominin Behavior: Thomas Plummer (City University of New York).

4 The Middle and Upper Pleistocene African Record for the Biological and Behavioral Origins of Modern Humans: Curtis W. Marean and Zelalem Assefa (Arizona State University; SUNY at Stony Brook.

5 A Late Pleistocene Archive of Life at the Coast, Klasies River: H. J. Deacon and Sarah Wurz (University of Stellenbosch; University of Stellenbosch).

6 Modeling Later Stone Age Societies in Southern Africa: Peter Mitchell (University of Oxford).

7 Holocene “Aquatic” Adaptations in North Tropical Africa: Augustin F. C. Holl (University of Michigan).

8 Pastoralism and its Consequences: Diane Gifford-Gonzalez (University of California, Santa Cruz).

9 Holocene Occupations of the Forest and Savanna: Joanna Casey (University of South Carolina).

10 The Romance of Farming--Plant Cultivation and Domestication in Africa: Katharina Neumann (J. W. Goethe-Universität).

11 Metallurgy and its Consequences: S. Terry Childs and Eugenia W. Herbert (National Park Service, Mount Holyoke College).

12 The Bantu Problem and African Archaeology: Manfred Eggert (Institut für Ur- und Frühgeschichte und Archäologie des Mittelalters).

13 The Archaeology of Sub-Saharan Urbanism: Cities and their Countrysides: Adria LaViolette and Jeff Fleisher (University of Virginia; University of Virginia).

14 Interaction, Marginalization, and the Archaeology of the Kalahari: Andrew Reid (University College London).

15 Southern Africa and the East African Coast: Gilbert Pwiti (University of Zimbabwe).

16 Mosaics and Interactions: East Africa, 2000 B.P. to the Present: Chapurukha M. Kusimba and Sibel B. Kusimba (The Field Museum, Chicago; Northern Illinois University).

17 From Pottery Groups to Ethnic Groups in Central Africa: Pierre de Maret (Université Libre de Bruxelles).

18 Two Thousand Years of West African History: Scott MacEachern (Bowdoin College).

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azhari, May 13, 2009 (view all comments by azhari)
This is a great book of course, but .. with my respect .. one page is realy need to be check. In Ch 7 titled Holocene "Aquatic" Adaptations in North Tropical Africa by Augustin F. C. Holl there are some paragraphs which are looks disturbed.
First: Page 175. Paragraph 2: line 3-4: (The material from one, Shaheinab, was used to delineate the key characteristics of the "Khartoum Mesolithic" ....
The paragraph must be "The material from one, Shaheinab, was used to delineate the key characteristics of the "Khartoum Neolithic"..or The material from one, Khartoum Hospital site, was used to delineate the key characteristics of the "Khartoum Mesolithic" (depends on the next paragraph)
Second: Page 175. Paragraph 2 line 5-6: The other, Khartoum Hospital site, assigned to a later date, was crucial in the characterization of the "Khartoum Neolithic".
The paragraph must be: The other, Shaheinab site, assigned to a later date, was crucial in the characterization of the "Khartoum Neolithic".
Third: Page 175 paragraph 2 line 12. Domestic animal bones, specifically from sheep and goats, were absent from Shaheinab but present at Khartoum Hospital site.
The paragraph must be: Domestic animal bones, specifically from sheep and goats, were absent from Khartoum Hospital site but present at Shaheinab.
Fourth: Page 175. paragraph 3 line 1-2: From Arkell's (1949, 1953) perspective, Khartoum "Mesolithic" people adopted livestock husbandry through their links to the ancient Near East.
Mesolithic people in the Sudan never adopted livestock and the later was introduced in a late date after the Neolithic, and first discovered in 5th millennium bc. The earliest dates for domestic animals in the Sudan are as follows:
Shaqadud: Sudan: 7500-3500: Peters 1992
Al Kadada: Sudan: 4790±110, 4630±80, 4830±50, 4730±80, 4840±70, 5170±110. Gautier 1986
Khashm el Girba: Sudan: 5000-2000. Peters 1992
Kadero: Sudan: 5630±70. Gautier 1984
El Zakiab: Sudan: 5350±90, 5660±80. Tigani el Mahi 1988
Um Direiwa: Sudan: 5600±110, 6010±90. Tigani el Mahi 1988
El Nofalab: Sudan. 5290±100, 5520±130. Tigani el Mahi 1988
Laqiya. Sudan. 3500-4000. Van Neer and Uerpmann 1989
Wadi Hawar. Sudan. 5200, 5000, 3000Van Neer and Uerpmann 1989

Azhari Mustafa Sadig
Assistant Professor
Dept. Of Archaeology
University of Khartoum.
Sudan
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781405101561
Manufactured:
Blackwell Publishers
Publisher:
John Wiley & Sons
Manufactured:
Blackwell Publishers
Editor:
Stahl, Ann Brower
Author:
Stahl, Ann Brower
Author:
Stahl
Location:
Malden, MA
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
Archaeology
Subject:
Antiquities, prehistoric
Subject:
Archaeology-General
Subject:
Historical Archaeology
Subject:
General & Introductory Archaeology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series:
Wiley-Blackwell Studies in Global Archaeology
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
October 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
508
Dimensions:
255 x 180.1 x 31.6 mm 35 oz

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"Synopsis" by , A landmark introduction to the archaeology of Africa that challenges misconceptions & claims about Africa's past and teaches students how to evaluate these claims.

Provides an unprecedented and exciting introduction to the archaeology of Africa

Challenges misconceptions & claims about Africa's past and teaches students how to evaluate these claims

Includes a thoughtful introduction that explores the contexts that have shaped archaeological knowledge of Africa's past

Lays out research questions that have shaped the contours of African archaeology

Comprised of chapters specifically written for this volume by prominent archaeologists with regional and topical expertise

"Synopsis" by , A landmark introduction to the archaeology of Africa that challenges misconceptions & claims about Africa’s past and teaches students how to evaluate these claims.

  • Provides an unprecedented and exciting introduction to the archaeology of Africa
  • Challenges misconceptions & claims about Africa’s past and teaches students how to evaluate these claims
  • Includes a thoughtful introduction that explores the contexts that have shaped archaeological knowledge of Africa's past
  • Lays out research questions that have shaped the contours of African archaeology
  • Comprised of chapters specifically written for this volume by prominent archaeologists with regional and topical expertise

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