African Civilizations: An Archaeological Perspective

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 29, 2001 - History - 340 pages
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This major new revised edition of African Civilizations re-examines the physical evidence for developing social complexity in tropical Africa over the last four thousand years and considers possible explanations of the developments that gave rise to it. Graham Connah focuses upon urbanism and state formation in seven main areas of Africa: Nubia, Ethiopia, the West African savanna, the West African forest, the East African coast and islands, the Zimbabwe Plateau, and parts of Central Africa. Extensively illustrated and offering an extended bibliography, this book provides essential reading on the topic.
 

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I am a student of cities and urban planning with an interest in African cities, and even though I did not really understand the science of methodologies of archaeologists, this book broke open a whole new field of interest to me. Connah's diligence in peeling away the complex layers of such an ambitious body of work, with all its differentials and contextualities, has produced a wonderful and important work. Thank you Google for allowing me to read at least some of it!  

Contents

The context
1
Birth on the Nile the Nubian achievement
18
The benefits of isolation the Ethiopian Highlands
66
An optimal zone the West African savanna
108
Brilliance beneath the trees the West African forest and its fringes
144
The edge or the centre cities of the East African coast and islands
181
A question of context Great Zimbabwe and related sites
223
In the heart of Africa the Upemba Depression and the Interlacustrine Region
263
What are the common denominators?
291
Bibliography
297
Index
331
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Page 307 - ELLIS'S MADAGASCAR. Three Visits to Madagascar, during the Years 1853, 1S54, 1856. Including a Journey to the Capital, with Notices of the Natural History of the Country, and of the Present Civilization of the People.
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