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Forgotten Africa : An Introduction to its Archaeology - Graham Connah

Forgotten Africa

An Introduction to its Archaeology

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Published: 19th August 2004
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Forgotten Africa introduces the general reader and beginning student to Africa's past, emphasizing those aspects only known or best known from archaeological and related evidence. It covers four million years of history across the continent, examining important aspects of Africa's momentous human story. Graham Connah is concerned to raise public awareness, both inside and outside Africa, to this frequently overlooked and often forgotten subject.

Forgotten Africa examines:

* human origins,
* the material culture of hunter gatherers
* the beginnings of African farming, the development of metallurgy
* the emergence of distinctive artistic traditions
* the growth of cities and states
* the expansion of trading networks
* the impact of European and other external contacts.

The result is a fascinating and important story told in a straightforward and readable manner.

'The book will, indeed, provide a valuable and up-to-date guide ... Graham Connah's book is a worthy and useful contribution.' - Journal of African Archaeology

'Connah is explicit in his aim of introducing the general readerand beginning student to Africa's past, and this he does in a straightforward, enjoyable and readable manner.' - South African Archaeological Bulletin

'This is a book that does exactly what it sets out to do and does it with the benefit of a flawless presentation and numerous, crystal clear photographs, drawings and maps ... [Connah] is to be congratulated on producing an excellent synthesis that convincingly argues for the unity of the African past ... and its relevance to the present of us all.' - The Australasian Review of African Studies

'Forgotten Africa is rooted in impressive scholarship, demonstrating the author's familiarity with a wide range of archaeological data from accross a huge region. The author avoids the temptation to generalise, wisely opting to present the archaeology of the continent in all its diversity. The presentation is excellent, with many good-quality illustrations and maps. - Stephanie Wynne-Jones, Antiquity

Africa: the birthplace of humanity
Stone tools and adaptation: the origins of the genus Homo
Africa's gift to the world: the earliest Homo sapiens
Living off the land: later hunter gatherers in Africa
Putting ideas on stone: the rock art of southern Africa
Pictures from a lost world: the rock art of the Sahara
Producing food: early developments in North and West Africa
Producing food: adaptation in North East and East Africa
The power of metal: the origins of African iron-working
Ancient Egypt: 3000 years of achievement
Nubia: a meeting place of different people
Aksum: a trading metropolis on the Ethiopian Plateau
Church and state: survival in Ethiopia
Opportunity and constraint: the Lake Chad story
Facing the Mediterranean: Carthaginian, Greek and Roman North Africa
Qsar es-Seghir: front door to Europe, front door to Africa
JennA©-jeno: an early city on the Middle Niger
Voyages in the Sahara: the desert trade with West Africa
Igbo-Ukwu: a challenge from the past
Ancestral faces: ancient sculpture in Nigeria
Benin City: from forest power to world fame
Pots and people: early farmers south of the Equator
The testimony of the dead: life in the Upemba Depression
'One beautiful garden': production and power amongst the Great Lakes
Facing two worlds: the trading settlements of the East African coast
Projecting power: Great Zimbabwe and related sites
Deserted settlements with a story: later farmers in southern Africa
Outsiders on the inside: the impact of European expansion
Remembering Africa's past
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ISBN: 9780415305907
ISBN-10: 041530590X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 19th August 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.33 x 15.55  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1