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Archaeology of Southern Africa (Peter Mitchell) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2002) 9780521633079
Archaeology of Southern Africa (Peter Mitchell) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2002) 9780521633079
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Title: The Archaeology of Southern Africa

Author: Mitchell, Peter

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2002

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521633079

Volumes: 1; Pages: 532

List Price in Cloth: $140.00 Our price: $140.00

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Southern Africa has one of the longest histories of occupation by modern humans and their ancestors anywhere in the world: over three million years. Research in Southern Africa is central to many key debates in contemporary archaeology, including hominid origins, the origins of anatomically modern humans and modern forms of behavior, and the development of ethnographically informed perspectives for understanding its rich heritage of rock art. This is the first attempt at a synthesis of the sub-continent's past in over forty years.Contents1. Introduction2. Frameworks3. Origins4. Modern humans, modern behaviour?5. Living through the late Pleistocene6. From the Pleistocene into the Holocene: social and ecological models of cultural change7. Hunting, gathering and intensifying: Holocene foragers in Southern Africa8. History from the rocks, ethnography from the desert9. Taking stock: the introduction and impact of pastoralism10. Early farming communities11. The Zimbabwe tradition12. Later farming communities of southernmost Africa13. The archaeology of colonialism14. Southern African archaeology today.Reviews"... this book is at the cutting edge of archaeological analysis today ... a long overdue and much needed volume. It is not only comprehensive in its coverage of the archaeological data, but is very sophisticated in its use of theory ... a fundamental reference work for anyone interested in African prehistory and history, and will be an excellent textbook for courses on African archaeology." International Journal of African Historical Studies"Although archaeologists are his intended audience, his broad sweep will introduce any reader to these most essential elements of the human narrative. Recommended." Choice
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