The Search for Takrur

Archaeological Excavations and Reconnaissance Along the Middle Senegal Valley

Author: Roderick J. McIntosh,Susan Keech McIntosh,Hamady Bocoum

Publisher: Yale University Publications in Anthropology, Yale Peabody Museum

ISBN: 9780913516294

Category: Antiquities, Prehistoric

Page: 578

View: 1179


"This heavily illustrated archaeological research report documents the development of the West African trading center of Takrur. Chapters on iron production, ceramics, plant and animal use, and settlement patterns accompany field data, and historical and ethnohistorical evidence on Middle Senegal River Valley societies from around 800 BC through AD 1000"--Fourni par l'éditeur.

Two Thousand Years in Dendi, Northern Benin

Archaeology, History and Memory

Author: N.A

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004376690

Category: Social Science

Page: 820

View: 9949


In a study of archaeological sites, standing remains, oral traditions and craft industries, Two Thousand Years in Dendi, Northern Benin offers the first account of a West African region often described as a crossroads of medieval empires.

Plants and People in the African Past

Progress in African Archaeobotany

Author: Anna Maria Mercuri,A. Catherine D'Andrea,Rita Fornaciari,Alexa Höhn

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319898396

Category: Science

Page: 576

View: 1228


There is an essential connection between humans and plants, cultures and environments, and this is especially evident looking at the long history of the African continent. This book, comprising current research in archaeobotany on Africa, elucidates human adaptation and innovation with respect to the exploitation of plant resources. In the long-term perspective climatic changes of the environment as well as human impact have posed constant challenges to the interaction between peoples and the plants growing in different countries and latitudes. This book provides an insight into/overview of the manifold routes people have taken in various parts Africa in order to make a decent living from the provisions of their environment by bringing together the analyses of macroscopic and microscopic plant remains with ethnographic, botanical, geographical and linguistic research. The numerous chapters cover almost all the continent countries, and were prepared by most of the scholars who study African archaeobotany, i.e. the complex and composite history of plant uses and environmental transformations during the Holocene.

Water and Society from Ancient Times to the Present

Resilience, Decline, and Revival

Author: Federica Sulas,Innocent Pikirayi

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317197372

Category: Social Science

Page: 402

View: 1598


As water availability, management and conservation become global challenges, there is now wide consensus that historical knowledge can provide crucial information to address present crises, offering unique opportunities to appreciate the solutions and mechanisms societies have developed over time to deal with water in all its forms, from rainfall to groundwater. This unique collection explores how ancient water systems relate to present ideas of resilience and sustainability and can inform future strategy. Through an investigation of historic water management systems, along with the responses to, and impact of, various water-driven catastrophes, contributors to this volume present tenable solutions for the long-term use of water resources in different parts of the world. The discussion is not limited to issues of the past, seeking instead to address the resonance and legacy of water histories in the present and future. Water and Society from Ancient Times to the Present speaks to an archaeological and non-archaeological scholarly audience and will be a useful primary reference text for researchers and graduate students from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds including archaeology, anthropology, history, ecology, geography, geology, architecture and development studies.

Climate Cultures

Anthropological Perspectives on Climate Change

Author: Jessica Barnes,Michael R. Dove

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300213573

Category: Social Science

Page: 328

View: 9548


Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our times, yet also seemingly intractable. This book offers novel insights on this contemporary challenge, drawing together the state-of-the-art thinking in anthropology. Approaching climate change as a nexus of nature, culture, science, politics, and belief, the book reveals nuanced ways of understanding the relationships between society and climate, science and the state, certainty and uncertainty, global and local that are manifested in climate change debates. The contributors address three major areas of inquiry: how climate change issues have been framed in previous times compared to the present; how knowledge about climate change and its impacts is produced and interpreted by different groups; and how imagination plays a role in shaping conceptions of climate change.

Archaeological Human Remains

Legacies of Imperialism, Communism and Colonialism

Author: Barra O'Donnabhain,Maria Cecilia Lozada

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319899848

Category: Social Science

Page: 163

View: 2953


This book expands on Archaeological Human Remains: Global Perspectives that was published in the Springer Briefs series in 2014 and which had a strong focus on post-colonial countries. In the current volume, the editors include papers that deal with non-Anglophone European traditions such as Portugal, Germany and France. In addition, authors continue the exploration of osteological trajectories that are not well-documented in the West, such as Senegal, China and Russia. The lasting legacies of imperialism, communism and colonialism are apparent as the authors of the individual country profiles examine the historical roots of the study of archaeological human remains and the challenges encountered while also considering the likely future directions likely of this multi-faceted discipline in different world areas.