The Archaeology and Ethnography of Central Africa

The Archaeology and Ethnography of Central Africa

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James Denbow
Cambridge University Press, 11/4/2013
EAN 9781107040700, ISBN10: 1107040701

Hardcover, 241 pages, 25.4 x 17.8 x 1.6 cm
Language: English

The Archaeology and Ethnography of Central Africa provides the first detailed description of the prehistory of the Loango coast of west-central Africa over the course of more than 3000 years. The archaeological data presented in this volume comes from a pivotal area through which, as linguistic and historical reconstructions have long indicated, Bantu-speaking peoples expanded before reaching eastern and southern Africa. Despite its historical importance, the prehistory of the Atlantic coastal regions of west-central Africa has until now remained almost unknown. James Denbow offers an imaginative approach to this subject, integrating the scientific side of fieldwork with the interplay of history, ethnography, politics, economics, and personalities. The resulting 'anthropology of archaeology' highlights the connections between past and present, change and modernity, in one of the most inaccessible and poorly known regions of west-central and southern Africa.

1. Behind the scenes of research
2. Pride and prejudice
big oil, eucalyptus, and the people without history
3. Natural and cultural environment
4. Preservation
heritage and reconnaissance
5. Ceramic later Stone Age excavations
6. The early Iron Age
7. Later Iron Age sites and the historic period
8. Opening Pandora's box
from Loango to the Okavango
9. Summation.