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Archaeobotany: Methods  

Louis Champion and Dorian Q. Fuller

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Dec 2018
Archaeobotany’s goals are to investigate the interactions between human societies and the plant world in the past from the botanical remains preserved in archaeological sites, including ... More

Colonial History and Historiography  

Marie-Albane de Suremain

The colonial condition in Africa has been revisited by all of the main historiographic currents of thought, from a heroizing, highly political and military history of colonization ... More

Community-Based Approaches to African History  

Peter R. Schmidt and Kathryn Weedman Arthur

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Dec 2018
Several trends in the historical scholarship of Africa require recognition and remediation. The first is a quickly shrinking interest in African history of the past two millennia, with a ... More

Digital Sources in Europe for African History  

Marion Wallace

There are copious resources for the study of African history on the internet. They include manuscripts and documentary archives, maps, museum collections, newspapers, printed books, ... More

Documentary Sources and Methods for Precolonial African History  

Christina Mobley

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Dec 2018
The goal of African history is not only to establish a chronology of events but also to recover the past from the local African perspective. The challenge is how to recover local ways of ... More

Historical Linguistics: Classification  

Constanze Weise

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Dec 2018
Many societies in pre-1800 Africa depended on orality both for communication and for record keeping. Historians of Africa, among other ways of dealing with this issue, treat languages as ... More

Pottery chaînes opératoires as Historical Documents  

Olivier P. Gosselain

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Dec 2018
Technical processes—or chaînes opératoires—are heterogeneous cultural aggregates articulating raw materials, tools, knowledge, representations, and agents. The nature and arrangement of ... More

Scientific Dating Methods in African Archaeology  

Vincent J. Hare and Emma Loftus

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Dec 2018
The African archaeological record is particularly remarkable in that it covers timescales relevant to all human history and prehistory. Different dating techniques are therefore ... More

Stone Tools: Their Relevance for Historians and the Study of Historical Processes  

Justin Pargeter

From at least 3.4 million years ago to historic periods, humans and their ancestors used stone as the raw material for tool production. Archeologists find stone tools on all the planet’s ... More

Africa in the World: History and Historiography  

Esperanza Brizuela-Garcia

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Nov 2018
Since antiquity and through the modern era African societies maintained contacts with peoples in Europe, the Near and Far East, and the Americas. Among other things, African peoples ... More

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