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The Zimbabwe Culture

Author : Innocent Pikirayi
ISBN : 9780585386492
Genre : Social Science
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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.
Category: Social Science

The Evolution Of Modern Humans In Africa

Author : Pamela R. Willoughby
ISBN : 0759101191
Genre : History
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A fascinating, detailed study of the origins of modern humans. Includes material from Willoughby's own research in Tanzania.
Category: History

Archaeology Language And The African Past

Author : Roger Blench
ISBN : 9780759114210
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
File Size : 60.63 MB
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Archaeology, Language, and the African Past is an overview of theories and methods, a fusion of African linguistics and archaeology. Roger Blench provides a comprehensive look at the history of all African language families, incorporating the latest linguistic classifications, current evidence from archaeology, genetic research, and recorded history. This original and definitive volume examines the economic culture of the continent_from major crops and plant life to animals and livestock_from a multi-dimensional perspective. It provides students of linguistics, archaeology, and anthropology with a critical discussion on the history of African languages and the cultures they articulate.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Darwin S Legacy

Author : Sue Taylor Parker
ISBN : 075910316X
Genre : Science
File Size : 71.9 MB
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Darwin's Legacy provides a fascinating history of ideas about human evolution, which have been developed and debated since Darwin published The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex in 1871.
Category: Science

Historical Archaeology In Africa

Author : Peter R. Schmidt
ISBN : 9780759114159
Genre : Social Science
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Historical Archaeology in Africa is an inquiry into historical questions that count, proposing different ways of thinking about historical archaeology. Peter Schmidt challenges readers to expand their horizons . Confronting topics of oral traditions, the role of cultural landscapes in social memory, and historical misrepresentations of various cultures, Schmidt calls for a new pathway to an enriched, more nuanced, and more inclusive historical archaeology. Allowing Africa to speak for itself without colonial interpreters, Historical Archaeology in Africa will be of interest not only to historians and archaeologists, but to all concerned with Africa's past and present.
Category: Social Science

Cloth In West African History

Author : Colleen E. Kriger
ISBN : 9780759114234
Genre : History
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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 in West Africa. By paying close attention to the details of how people made, exchanged, and wore cotton cloth from before industrialization in Europe to the twentieth century, she is able to demonstrate some of the cultural effects of Africa's long involvement in trading contacts with Muslim societies and with Europe. Cloth in West African History thus offers a fresh perspective on the history of the region and on the local, regional, and global processes that shaped it. A variety of readers will find its account and insights into the African past and culture valuable, and will appreciate the connections made between the local concerns of small-scale weavers in African villages, the emergence of an indigenous textile industry, and its integration into international networks.
Category: History

The Oxford Handbook Of African Archaeology

Author : Peter Mitchell
ISBN : 9780191626159
Genre : Social Science
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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.
Category: Social Science

African Herders

Author : Andrew Brown Smith
ISBN : 0759107475
Genre : Business & Economics
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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!
Category: Business & Economics

Southern Africa And The Swahili World

Author : Felix Chami
ISBN : UOM:39015051574823
Genre : Social Science
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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.
Category: Social Science

The Archaeology Of Ritual

Author : Evangelos Kyriakidis
ISBN : UOM:39015073905849
Genre : Religion
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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.
Category: Religion