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Encyclopedia of Precolonial Africa Archaeology, History, Languages, Cultures and Environments

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ISBN-10: 0761989021

ISBN-13: 9780761989028

Edition: 1997

Authors: Joseph O. Vogel

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A Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Book. Explore the dynamics of precolonial African life in this comprehensive encyclopedia. An authoritative text with state of the art summaries, the Encyclopedia of Precolonial Africa will prove to be a benchmark volume for the field. Moreover, a bibliography for each article guides readers with further research. With more than 100 articles written by leading scholars, extensive maps, photos, and figures, the Encyclopedia of Precolonial Africa is essential reading for all students, professionals, and avocational readers of African archaeology, history, linguistics, and culture.
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Book details

List price: $134.95
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: AltaMira Press
Publication date: 8/20/1997
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 606
Size: 9.00" wide x 11.50" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 3.982
Language: English

List of Figures
List of Tables
About the Editor
List of Contributors
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
African Environments
Geography and Geology
Pleistocene and Holocene Climates and Vegetation Zones
Modern Climates and Vegetation Zones
Quaternary Environment
Disease as a Factor in African History
Histories of Research
Archaeology in Africa: Its Influence
Historiography in Africa
Pan Africanism, Diffusionism, and the Afrocentric Idea
Western Africa: History of Archaeology
Horn of Africa: History of Archaeology
Southern and Eastern Africa: History of Archaeology
Search for Human Origins in Africa: A Historical Note
Language Studies in Africa
Technology
Stoneworking Technology
Stoneworking Technology: Its Evolution
Pottery Manufacture
Copper Metallurgy
Ironworking Technology
Ironworking in its Cultural Context
Architecture and Settlement Patterns
People and Culture
African Languages: A Historical Survey
Languages of Eastern and Southern Africa in Historical Perspective
Western African Languages in Historical Perspective
African Foragers
Eastern African Foragers
Southern African Foragers
Forager Hunting Tools and Methods
Northeastern African Pastoralists
Eastern African Pastoralists
Southern African Pastoralists
Farming Societies in Sub-Saharan Africa
Farming Methods
Food Crops
Eastern African Terraced-Irrigation Systems
Stone-Walled Agricultural Communities of South Africa and Botswana
Northern African Ethnoarchaeology
Western African Ethnoarchaeology
Prehistory of Africa
Hominid Origins
Modern Human Origins
Human Populations: Their Archaeometry
Early African Hominids: Behavior and Environments
Primate Behavior as a Precursor of Human Behavior
Human Behavior: Its Evolution
Early Human Diets
Early Hominid Foraging Strategies
Earliest African Cultures
Western Africa: The Prehistoric Sequence
Central African Transitional Cultures
African Cultures in Transition and Adaptation
Northern African Advanced Foragers
Western African and Southern Saharan Advanced Foragers
Eastern African Advanced Foragers
Southern African Advanced Foragers
Saharan Rock Art
Western African Rock Art
Ethiopia and the Horn: Rock Art
Eastern African Rock Art
Central African Rock Art
Southern African Rock Art
African Neolithic
Nile Valley: Pre-Agricultural Cultures
Saharan Neolithic
The Late Stone Age and Neolithic Cultures of West Africa and the Sahara
Foragers and Farmers: Their Interaction
Egypt: Beginnings of Agriculture
Agricultural Beginnings in Sub-Saharan Africa
Animal Domestication in Africa
Western African Iron Age
Equatorial African Iron Age
Bantu Expansion
Eastern and South-Central African Iron Age
Southern African Iron Age
Development of States in Sub-Saharan Africa
Urbanism in Sub-Saharan Africa
Egypt and Sub-Saharan Africa: Their Interaction
Egypt: Emergence of State Society
The Near East and Eastern Africa: Their Interaction
Northeastern African States
Western African States
Savanna States
Lacustrine States
Swahili and the Coastal City-States
Zambezian States
Precolonial Towns of Zambezia
Western African and Western Saharan Trade
Slave Trade in Africa
Salt Production and the Salt Trade
Southeastern African Gold Mining and Trade
Indian Ocean Trade
Western African Historical Archaeology
Eastern African Historical Archaeology
Central and Southern African Historical Archaeology
Maritime Archaeology