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African Archaeology : 3rd Edition - David W. Phillipson

African Archaeology

3rd Edition


Published: 1st July 2005
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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.

About the Author

David W. Phillipson FBA is Professor of African Archaeology and Director of the Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. He is a Fellow of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge.

' ... an important updated summary and synthesis of our knowledge of Africa's distant past and Phillipson deserves to be congratulated for this undertaking. It provides a ready and readable reference source for students and the layman interested in the archaeology and prehistory of Africa ... Phillipson's important achievement here is to bring together as much of the research material as possible into a single book, accompanying this with his own interpretation of the various types of evidence based on his long experience in research and writing in African archaeology.' Journal of African Archaeology

List of illustrationsp. ix
Sources of illustrationsp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
Introductionp. 1
Elucidating the African pastp. 1
Archaeology in Africap. 3
Linguisticsp. 6
Oral traditionsp. 9
Ethnoarchaeologyp. 10
Africa in world prehistoryp. 10
The emergence of humankind in Africap. 15
Definition and processp. 15
World-wide precursors of the hominidsp. 20
The earliest hominidsp. 22
The oldest discoveries in eastern Africap. 32
The Lake Turkana Basin and Olduvai Gorgep. 34
Central and south-central Africap. 42
South Africap. 42
The earliest tool-makersp. 47
The consolidation of basic human culturep. 52
Acheulean and Sangoan in Africap. 52
Acheulean in eastern Africap. 60
Acheulean in south-central Africap. 68
Acheulean in southern Africap. 73
Acheulean in West Africa and the Saharap. 75
Acheulean in North Africap. 77
Sangoan assemblagesp. 81
Acheulean/Sangoan artefacts and their makersp. 84
Regional diversification and specialisationp. 91
The 'Middle Stone Age' and the 'Late Stone Age'p. 91
Southern Africap. 96
South-central Africap. 108
Rock art in southern and south-central Africap. 111
Central Africap. 116
Eastern Africap. 122
West Africap. 128
North Africa and the Saharap. 131
Changing life-styles and technologyp. 141
The beginnings of permanent settlementp. 147
North Africa, the Sahara and the Nile Valleyp. 147
East Africap. 156
Overviewp. 159
African peoples 10,000 years agop. 160
Early farmersp. 165
Cultivation and herdingp. 165
The Sahara and North Africap. 172
The Nile Valleyp. 181
West and Central Africap. 195
Ethiopia and the Hornp. 203
East Africap. 206
Iron-using peoples before AD 1000p. 214
Ironp. 214
North Africap. 216
Egypt and the Arab invasionp. 221
The Sudanp. 224
Ethiopia and adjacent regionsp. 228
West Africap. 234
Central Africap. 245
Eastern and southern Africap. 249
The contribution of Bantu linguistic studiesp. 261
Mode of dispersalp. 265
Madagascar and the Comoro Islandsp. 269
Stone-tool-using herders of southwestern Africap. 269
The second millennium AD in sub-Saharan Africap. 274
The last 1000 yearsp. 274
West Africap. 275
Ethiopia, the southern Sudan and adjacent regionsp. 284
The east coast of Africap. 288
Bantu-speakers north of the Zambezip. 291
Southeastern Africap. 297
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ISBN: 9780521540025
ISBN-10: 052154002X
Series: Cambridge World Archaeology (Paperback)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 389
Published: 1st July 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.587 x 18.898  x 1.803
Weight (kg): 0.894
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: Revised