Methodology and African Prehistory, Volume 1

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University of California Press, 1990 - History - 349 pages
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Volume I of this acclaimed series is now available in an abridged paperback edition. The result of years of work by scholars from all over the world, The UNESCO General History of Africa reflects how the different peoples of Africa view their civilizations and shows the historical relationships between the various parts of the continent. Historical connections with other continents demonstrate Africa's contribution to the development of human civilization. Each volume is lavishly illustrated and contains a comprehensive bibliography.
 

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Contents

Written sources before the fifteenth century
34
Oral tradition and its methodology
54
African archaeology and its techniques including dating 13
73
History and linguistics and theories on the races and history of Africa
89
Migrations and ethnic and linguistic differentiations
104
African linguistic classification and the language map of Africa
113
physical aspects
122
economic aspects
131
The prehistory of Southern Africa
210
The prehistory of Central Africa
222
The prehistory of North Africa
241
The prehistory of the Sahara
251
The prehistory of West Africa
264
The prehistory of the Nile valley 214
274
African prehistoric art
284
The origins development and expansion of agricultural techniques
297

The interdisciplinary methods adopted in this study
139
African pluvial and glacial epochs
146
general problems
167
African fossil man
189
The prehistory of East Africa
196
Discovery and diffusion of metals and the development of social systems until the fifth century before the Christian era
306
from nature in the raw to liberated humanity
313
Bibliography
321
Index
331
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