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Landscape Transformations and the Archaeology of Impact : Social Disruption and State Formation in Southern Africa - Warren R. Perry

Landscape Transformations and the Archaeology of Impact

Social Disruption and State Formation in Southern Africa

Hardcover Published: 30th November 1999
ISBN: 9780306459559
Number Of Pages: 180

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An attempt to use archaeological materials to investigate the colonization of southeastern Africa during the period 1500 to 1900. Perry demonstrates the usefulness of archaeology in bypassing the biases of the ethnohistorical and documentary record and generating a more comprehensive understanding of history. Special attention is paid to the period of state formation in Swaziland and a critique of the `Settler Model', which the author finds to be invalid.

Southern Africa and the Archaeology of Impactp. 1
Introduction: The Research Questionp. 1
The Settler Model and Its Problemsp. 1
Middle-Range Theory: Archaeological Data and the Documentary Recordp. 3
The Mfecane/Difaqane Problem from the Documentary Recordp. 9
The Standard Story of the Mfecane/Difaqanep. 9
Demographic Emphasisp. 10
Ecological Emphasisp. 11
Vindicationist Argumentsp. 13
External Tradep. 14
Cobbing's Reanalysisp. 17
Summaryp. 20
Archaeological Correlates of the Settler Modelp. 21
Ethnographic and Ethnohistorical Descriptionsp. 21
Pre-Mfecane/Difaqane Groups of Eastern Southern Africap. 24
Differences between Settlement Layouts, by Ethnicityp. 28
Archaeological Implications for Pre-Mfecane/Difaqane Nguni, Sotho-Tswana, and Ju/'hoansip. 30
Archaeological Implications for Post-Mfecane/Difaqane Communitiesp. 34
Summary of the Mfecane/Difaqane Archaeological Expectationsp. 42
Conclusionp. 43
Previous Archaeological Researchp. 47
The Archaeology of the Mfecane/Difaqane Problem: Approaches to an Archaeology of Impactp. 47
The Archaeological Survey of Swaziland and the Mfecane/Difaqane Problemp. 53
Artifact Processing and Analysisp. 63
Summaryp. 71
Combining The Swazi and Other Surveys: Archaeological Resultsp. 72
Summary and Conclusionsp. 73
Using Archaeology to Study the Processes of the Mfecane/Difaqanep. 75
Contrasting the Settler Model with the Archaeological Recordp. 75
Observed Settlement Typologyp. 76
Site Types and Locations Predicted by the Settler Modelp. 80
Regional Demography and Population Movements Predicted by the Settler Modelp. 88
Archaeological Analysisp. 89
Social Hierarchy Predicted by the Settler Modelp. 100
Interpretations of Social Hierarchy Based on Histograms, Oral Traditions, and Artifactsp. 104
Cattle Enclosure Sizesp. 109
Analysis and Resultsp. 117
Scale of Interaction Predicted by the Settler Model: External Versus Internal Relationsp. 124
Results and Interpretationsp. 126
Beyond the Hinterlandsp. 131
Conclusionsp. 132
Toward an Archaeology of Impactp. 139
Summary of the Resultsp. 130
Racial Commodity Slavery and African Incorporationp. 142
Regional Landscapes and Articulating Modes of Productionp. 146
A Comparative Archaeological Look at Southern Africap. 148
Prospects for an Archaeology of Impactp. 153
Summary and Conclusionsp. 156
Referencesp. 159
Indexp. 173
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ISBN: 9780306459559
ISBN-10: 0306459558
Series: Contributions to Global Historical Archaeology
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 180
Published: 30th November 1999
Publisher: Springer Science+Business Media
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.46

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