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The Archaeology of Highveld Farming Communities  

Karim Sadr

Online publication date:
May 2020
Subject:
Archaeology
The Highveld covers a quarter of South Africa’s central plateau and is one of the most extensively investigated archaeological landscapes in Africa. Cattle-herding, farming communities ... More

The Legal and Political Framework for Archaeology and the Protection of Archaeological Resources in South Africa  

Janette Deacon

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May 2020
It is no surprise that the legal framework that protects archaeological and other heritage resources in South Africa is firmly rooted in the country’s political history and latterly in ... More

Archaeology of Colonial Settlement at the Cape  

Antonia Malan

Online publication date:
Nov 2019
Colonial settlement at the southern tip of Africa was pre-dated by 150 years of occasional encounters with European mariners. They touched on the coast to refresh water barrels, barter for ... More

The Empire of Ghana  

Nikolas Gestrich

The Empire of Ghana is one of the earliest known political formations in West Africa. Within the context of a growing trans-Saharan trade, Arabic sources begin to mention “Ghāna,” the name ... More

Igbo-Ukwu  

Raphael Chijioke Njoku

The focus of this discussion is on the lingering questions about the origin, character, importance, and dating of the Igbo-Ukwu findings; what they reveal about the Igbo past; and the ... More

An Introduction to the Lower Niger Bronzes of Southern Nigeria  

Philip M. Peek

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Feb 2019
Southern Nigeria is rich in copper alloy cast works, such as those of the 9th-century burial goods of Igbo-Ukwu, the busts from 13th-century Ife, and the heads and plaques from the early ... More

The Empire of Mali  

Sirio Canós-Donnay

The Mali Empire is one of the largest and most widely known precolonial African states. It has featured in films, video games, works of fiction, and its memory is still a profound force in ... More

Saharan Peoples and Societies  

E. Ann McDougall

The Sahara: bridge or barrier? Today, most would answer that the desert was more a historical facilitator than hindrance in moving commodities, ideas, and people between North and ... More

Technological Origins: Primate Perspectives and Early Hominin Tool Use in Africa  

Susana Carvalho and Megan Beardmore-Herd

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Feb 2019
Subject:
Archaeology
The origin of technology is believed to have marked a major adaptive shift in human evolution. Understanding the evolutionary process(es) underlying the first human adaptation to tool use, ... More

Archaeobotany: Methods  

Louis Champion and Dorian Q. Fuller

Online publication date:
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 the ... More

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