African archaeology : a critical introduction by Ann Brower Stahl

By Ann Brower Stahl

A landmark creation to the archaeology of Africa that demanding situations misconceptions & claims approximately Africa’s earlier and teaches scholars the best way to assessment those claims.

  • Provides an remarkable and fascinating advent to the archaeology of Africa
  • Challenges misconceptions & claims approximately Africa’s prior and teaches scholars find out how to assessment those claims
  • Includes a considerate creation that explores the contexts that experience formed archaeological wisdom of Africa's past
  • Lays out learn questions that experience formed the contours of African archaeology
  • Comprised of chapters particularly written for this quantity through in demand archaeologists with neighborhood and topical expertise

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K. Segobye, 1996 The Future of African Archaeology. African Archaeological Review 13:5–34. Fabian, Johannes, 1983 Time and the Other. How Anthropology Makes its Object. New York: Columbia University Press. Foucault, Michel, 1972 The Archaeology of Knowledge and the Discourse on Language. A. M. Sheridan, trans. New York: Pantheon Books. Fuglestad, Finn, 1992 The Trevor-Roper Trap or the Imperialism of History. An Essay. History in Africa 19:309–326. Goodwin, A. J. , and C. van Riet Lowe, 1929 The Stone Age Cultures of South Africa.

Leakey’s interpretations were widely accepted, and contributed to an image of early hominids as reasonably accomplished hunter-gatherers living in small bands of closely knit kin groups, each with its own home base and surrounding territory. By the mid-1970s, however, archaeologists were beginning to question whether the concentration of bones with artifacts necessarily represented hominid food refuse (Binford 1983; Isaac 1984). As a consequence, a wide range of ethnoarchaeological and taphonomic studies on natural and human site-formation processes were initiated which led to a rethinking of these images (Gallay 1999; Chapter 3).

That a group of contemporary people living on open sites in a hot, semi-arid nation-state with a capitalist economy should be thought of as a suitable parallel for the way early humans lived during an ancient Ice Age seems puzzling. But this form of analogical modeling is rooted in the deepseated Western belief that hunter-gatherers like the San represent the timeless and essential qualities of humans as biological beings (Chapter 14). As such, they are thought to live lives closely resembling those of ancient humans.

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