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African Archaeology

ISBN-10: 0521832365

ISBN-13: 9780521832366

Edition: 3rd 2004 (Revised)

Authors: David W. Phillipson

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Research in Africa is now accepted as an integral part of global archaeological studies. As well as providing archaeologists with the oldest material, Africa is also widely recognised as the birthplace of modern man and his characteristic cultural patterns. Archaeological study of later periods provides unique and valuable evidence for the development of African culture and society, while ongoing research in Africa provides insights relevant to the interpretation of the archaeological record in other parts of the world. In this fully revised and expanded edition of his seminal archaeological survey, David Phillipson presents a lucid and fully illustrated account of African archaeology from prehistory and the origins of humanity to the age of European colonisation. The work spans the entire continent from the Mediterranean to the Cape of Good Hope and demonstrates the relevance of archaeological research to the understanding of Africa today.
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Book details

List price: $222.00
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/5/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 406
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.288
Language: English

List of illustrations
Sources of illustrations
Preface
Introduction
Elucidating the African past
Archaeology in Africa
Linguistics
Oral traditions
Ethnoarchaeology
Africa in world prehistory
The emergence of humankind in Africa
Definition and process
World-wide precursors of the hominids
The earliest hominids
The oldest discoveries in eastern Africa
The Lake Turkana Basin and Olduvai Gorge
Central and south-central Africa
South Africa
The earliest tool-makers
The consolidation of basic human culture
Acheulean and Sangoan in Africa
Acheulean in eastern Africa
Acheulean in south-central Africa
Acheulean in southern Africa
Acheulean in West Africa and the Sahara
Acheulean in North Africa
Sangoan assemblages
Acheulean/Sangoan artefacts and their makers
Regional diversification and specialisation
The 'Middle Stone Age' and the 'Late Stone Age'
Southern Africa
South-central Africa
Rock art in southern and south-central Africa
Central Africa
Eastern Africa
West Africa
North Africa and the Sahara
Changing life-styles and technology
The beginnings of permanent settlement
North Africa, the Sahara and the Nile Valley
East Africa
Overview
African peoples 10,000 years ago
Early farmers
Cultivation and herding
The Sahara and North Africa
The Nile Valley
West and Central Africa
Ethiopia and the Horn
East Africa
Iron-using peoples before AD 1000
Iron
North Africa
Egypt and the Arab invasion
The Sudan
Ethiopia and adjacent regions
West Africa
Central Africa
Eastern and southern Africa
The contribution of Bantu linguistic studies
Mode of dispersal
Madagascar and the Comoro Islands
Stone-tool-using herders of southwestern Africa
The second millennium AD in sub-Saharan Africa
The last 1000 years
West Africa
Ethiopia, the southern Sudan and adjacent regions
The east coast of Africa
Bantu-speakers north of the Zambezi
Southeastern Africa