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The The Cambridge History of Africa : The Cambridge History of Africa From the Earliest Times to C.500 B.C. Ed.J.D.Clark v.1 - J.Desmond Clark

The The Cambridge History of Africa

The Cambridge History of Africa From the Earliest Times to C.500 B.C. Ed.J.D.Clark v.1

By: J.Desmond Clark (Editor)

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Published: 25th February 1982
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Volume I of The Cambridge History of Africa provides the first relatively complete and authoritative survey of African prehistory from the time of the first hominids in the Plio-Pleistone up to the spread of iron technology after c.500 B.C. The volume therefore sets the stage for the history of the continent contained in the subsequent volumes. The material remains of past human life recovered by excavation are described and interpreted in the light of palaeo-ecological evidence, primate studies and ethnographic observation, to provide a record of the evolving skills and adaptive behaviour of the prehistoric populations. The unique discoveries in East and South Africa of early hominid fossils, stone tools and other surviving evidence are discussed with full documentation, leading on to the coming of Modern Man (with new evidence showing the much greater antiquity of the 'Middle Stone Age' in the continent than had previously been thought) and the beginning of regional patterning. The volume provides a survey of the now considerable material showing the different ways of life in the forests, savannas and arid zones during the 'Later Stone Age', from its beginnings some 20,000 years ago. The divergence in cultural patternings between northern Africa and those parts of the continent south of the Sahara now becomes more apparent. Following an account of the evidence for the origins and spread of domesticates and the beginnings of village farming, the volume concludes with three chapters that trace the development of urban centres and of the political state in the Nile Valley and the changing administrative, socio-economic and religious aspects of Egyptian civilization from the Pre-Dynastic up to the Late Period.

'All concerned with the prehistory of Africa must be grateful to the Cambridge University Press for having produced it, to Desmond Clark for his editing, and to all the contributors. Printing, reproduction of figures and plates, binding and index are all good.' The Journal of African History

List of figures
List of plates
Preface
The palaeo-ecology of the African continent: the physical environment of Africa from the earliest geological to Later Stone Age times
Origins and evolution of African Hominidae
The earliest archaeological traces
The cultures of the Middle Palaeolithic/Middle Stone Age
The Late Palaeolithic and Epi-Paiaeolithic of northern Africa
The Later Stone Age in sub-Saharan Africa
The rise of civilization in Egypt
Beginnings of pastoralism and cultivation in north-west Africa and the Sahara: origins of the Berbers
The origins of indigenous African agriculture
Old Kingdom, Middle Kingdom and Second Intermediate Period in Egypt
Early food production in sub-Saharan Africa
Egypt, 1552-664
Bibliographical essays
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521222150
ISBN-10: 052122215X
Series: From the Earliest Times to CA. 500 B. C. : Book 1
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 1200
Published: 25th February 1982
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.78 x 18.54  x 7.01
Weight (kg): 1.7