Past, Present and Future
Author: Jeremy Keenan
View: 1398This collection examines the Sahara holistically from the earliest (prehistoric) times through the ‘historical’ period to the present and with political direction into the future. The contributions cover palaeoclimatology, history, archaeology (cultural heritage), social anthropology, sociology, politics and international affairs. Structured chronologically, the volume can almost be read as a narrative of the Sahara from the earliest times to the present, i.e. from the past climates of the Sahara in prehistoric times to the current ‘war on terror’ and its implications for the peoples of the Sahara. Importantly, the collection shows how the region must be approached ‘holistically’, highlighting the importance of each of these subject areas (palaeo-climates, history, politics, etc.) in relation to each other. Indeed, the first contribution is a remarkable (and unique) paper, bringing together the work of some 8-9 internationally recognised scientists to tell the story and show the relevance to the present day of the Sahara’s past climates etc. Nearly all the contributions stand in their own right at the cutting edge of research in their respective fields (e.g. archaeology, history, politics, etc.). This book was previously published as a special issue of the Journal of North African Studies.
Author: Colin Renfrew,Paul Bahn
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Category: Social Science
View: 4575The Cambridge World Prehistory provides a systematic and authoritative examination of the prehistory of every region around the world from the early days of human origins in Africa two million years ago to the beginnings of written history, which in some areas started only two centuries ago. Written by a team of leading international scholars, the volumes include both traditional topics and cutting-edge approaches, such as archaeolinguistics and molecular genetics, and examine the essential questions of human development around the world. The volumes are organised geographically, exploring the evolution of hominins and their expansion from Africa, as well as the formation of states and development in each region of different technologies such as seafaring, metallurgy and food production. The Cambridge World Prehistory reveals a rich and complex history of the world. It will be an invaluable resource for any student or scholar of archaeology and related disciplines looking to research a particular topic, tradition, region or period within prehistory.
Author: Lucia Mori
Publisher: All’Insegna del Giglio
Category: Social Science
View: 8954This volume presents the results of the archaeological investigations in the oasis of Fewet (SW Libyan Sahara), carried out by the Archaeological Mission in the Sahara of the Sapienza University of Rome. Evidences of an ancient rural village were identified under the houses of the modern town of Tan Afella and a large necropolis, dated to the Garamantian times, spread at the fringes of the modern settlement. Until 1997 very little was known on the Garamantian period in the Wadi Tanezzuft area and on the transition from the pastoral to the early-historical phase. This period witnessed the gradual sedentarisation of human groups in the oases, and the development of caravan routes with the flourishing of an intra- and trans-Saharan trade. These processes, also influenced by significant alterations in climate, which led to the agricultural exploitation of the limited areas where water resources were available – the oases – were archaeologically unknown as far as settlements were concerned. The archaeological surveys and excavations carried out in the area of Fewet were particularly promising and are here analysed in a multidisciplinary perspective, which takes into consideration environmental and anthropological studies in the attempt to reconstruct the culture and the life of people inhabiting the Southern Fezzan region in early-historical times. «The historical archaeology of the Sahara remains an underdeveloped field of research, especially for the pre-Islamic period. The most significant exception to this rule has for long concerned the people known as the Garamantes, who inhabited the central Saharan region coincident with Libya’s south-west province, Fezzan. (…) This volume is a marvelous addition to the small corpus of published research on the Pre-Islamic oasis societies of the Sahara and provides a complementary perspective on the world of the Garamantes to the Anglo-Libyan work I have directed from their heartlands in the Wadi el-Ajal, c. 400 km to north-east of Ghat». Prof. David J. Mattingly, University of Leicester, UK.
Eine Fallstudie zur Besiedlungsgeschichte des Sahel von Burkina Faso
Author: Sonja Magnavita
Publisher: Africa Magna Verlag
Category: Social Science
View: 4418This volume presents the results of archaeological research at the Mare de Kissi in the years 1996 to 2001. The investigated archaeological sites are located in the hinterland of the eastern Niger bend in the extreme northeast of Burkina Faso, on the edge of a small lake, the Mare de Kissi. The sites of Kissi comprise about 60 anthropogenic mounds, numerous stone structures and several cemeteries. The location was occupied by sedentary Iron Age farmers from the late 1st millennium BC up to the ca. 13th century AD, when it was finally abandoned. Excavations in both settlement and cemetery areas provided an exceptional inventory of finds and the basis for a reconstruction of the settlement history at the Mare de Kissi.
Author: Jean-Loïc Le Quellec,Pauline de Flers,Philippe de Flers
View: 3542De magnifiques photographies, un texte alerte et dense emmènent le lecteur dans le monde fascinant du Sahara oriental, aux confins de l'Egypte, de la Libye et du Soudan, au-delà des grandes barrières dunaires qui protègent l'un des berceaux de la civilisation pharaonique. L'aventure est omniprésente: par la magie des espaces, par l'évocation de leurs premiers découvreurs, par la démarche même des auteurs. Elle se double d'une réflexion savante sur cette culture des origines et ses résurgences dans la grande civilisation des bords du Nil. De larges perspectives, très neuves, s'ouvrent sur les relations de l'Afrique présaharienne avec les grands fleuves, jadis considérés comme source unique des civilisations qu'ils ont abritées. Ils ne sont, en fait, que des creusets, dans lesquels sont venues se fondre de plus anciennes sociétés. Ces racines présahariennes profondes nous rapprochent des origines de l'Homme et mettent en lumière l'imaginaire de ces ultimes prédécesseurs des pharaons.
Prolegomena zu einer historischen Gestaltlehre
Author: Leo Frobenius
Publisher: Salzwasser-Verlag Gmbh
View: 7627Nachdruck des Originals von 1933. Leo Frobenius war einer der bedeutendsten Ethnologen. Bis heute genie t er in Afrika f r seine Forschungen ein sehr gro es Ansehen.
Author: Michel Warschawski
View: 3135Der Lebensweg eines jüdisch-israelischen Aktivisten, der seit 35 Jahren für die Anerkennung der Rechte der Palästinenser und für Gerechtigkeit und Frieden im Nahen Osten kämpft. Seine Autobiographie beschreibt den langen Weg über die verschiedenen mehr oder weniger unpassierbaren Grenzen. Ein bewegendes Zeugnis des unermüdlichen Widerstands eines Grenzgängers, ein Schlüssel zum Verständnis der israelischen Gesellschaft und der aktuellen Situation.