Friday, July 22, 2011

The Archaeology of Africa: Food, Metals and Towns

Thurstan Shaw, Editor

First published in 1993 by Routledge
11 New Fetter Lane, London EC4P 4EE

Simultaneously published in the USA and Canada by Routledge
29 West 35th Street, New York, NY 10001

I'm enjoying this definitive reference on Saharan and West African prehistory.  It's the best reference I've found so far on describing the climatic fluctuations in the Sahara and West Africa that have influenced population movements and the development of sedentism.  Some of the chapters are available on Google Books:

Chapter 10, authored by Wilma Wetterstrom, discusses the transition from hunting and gathering in the Nile valley to horticulture.

Chapter 11 discusses the emergence of horticulture in the Sahara.  The chapter is authored by Alfred Muzzolini.  He discusses the impact of the Post-Aterian hyperarid phase between 18,000 and 12,000 ya.

In Chapter 12, Bassey W. Andah examines the early farming traditions of West Africa.

Chapter 13 is an examination of the Kintampo complex and development of sedentism in sub-Sahelian West Africa.  The chapter is authored by James Anquandah, Chairman of the Research Unit of the National Slave Route Project of the Ministry of Tourism and Diasporan Relations (Ghana); Professor of Archaeology at the University of Ghana, Legon.

Chapter 14 explores the antecedents to the Kintampo complex in West Africa, taking a view from Central Ghana.  It is authored by Ann Brower Stahl.

The chapters are replete with excellent maps and drawings.


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