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Cambridge History of Africa, Volume 1: From the Earliest Times to c. 500 BC (J Desmond Clark) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 1982) 9780521222150
Cambridge History of Africa, Volume 1: From the Earliest Times to c. 500 BC (J Desmond Clark) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 1982) 9780521222150
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Title: Cambridge History of Africa, Volume 1: From the Earliest Times to c. 500 BC

Author: Clark, J Desmond

Additional Authors or Contributors: (ed)

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 1982

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521222150

Volumes: 1; Pages: 1173

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Volume 1 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.

Contents

List of figures

List of plates

Preface

1. The palaeo-ecology of the African continent: the physical environment of Africa from the earliest geological to Later Stone Age times Karl W. Butzer and H. B. S. Cooke

2. Origins and evolution of African Hominidae F. Clark Howell

3. The earliest archaeological traces Glynn Ll. Isaac

4. The cultures of the Middle Palaeolithic/Middle Stone Age J. Desmond Clark

5. The Late Palaeolithic and Epi-Paiaeolithic of northern Africa Philip E. L. Smith

6. The Later Stone Age in sub-Saharan Africa D. W. Phillipson

7. The rise of civilization in Egypt B. G. Trigger

8. Beginnings of pastoralism and cultivation in north-west Africa and the Sahara: origins of the Berbers G. Camps

9. The origins of indigenous African agriculture Jack R. Harlan

10. Old Kingdom, Middle Kingdom and Second Intermediate Period in Egypt Barry J. Kemp

11. Early food production in sub-Saharan Africa D. W. Phillipson

12. Egypt, 1552-664 B.C. David O'Connor

Bibliographical essays

Bibliography

Index

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