Archaeology of African Plant Use

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Chris J Stevens, Sam Nixon, Mary Anne Murray, Dorian Q Fuller
Left Coast Press, 2014 - Science - 293 pages
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The first major synthesis of African archaeobotany in decades, this book focuses on Paleolithic archaeobotany and the relationship between agriculture and social complexity. It explores the effects that plant life has had on humans as they evolved from primates through the complex societies of Africa, including Egypt, the Buganda Kingdom, southern African polities, and other regions. With over 30 contributing scholars from 12 countries and extensive illustrations, this volume is an essential addition to our knowledge of humanity’s relationship with plants.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
15
An Editorial Dorian Q Fuller Sam Nixon Chris J Stevens and Mary Anne Murray
17
The Potential for Revealing Nonhuman Primate Plant Use in the African Archaeological Record Michael Haslam
25
Our SpeciesSpecific Dietary Adaptation Gordon Hillman and Michèle Wollstonecroft
37
A Glimpse of Middle Stone Age Vegetation at Sibudu Cave KwaZuluNatal South Africa Christine Sievers
51
The Wood Charcoal Evidence from Elands Bay Cave Caroline Cartwright John Parkington and Richard Cowling
59
Chapter 6 Early Millet Farmers in the Lower Tilemsi Valley Northeastern Mali Katie Manning and Dorian Q Fuller
73
Chapter 7 Holocene Vegetation Change and Land Use at Ounjougou Mali Barbara Eichhorn and Katharina Neumann
83
The Impact of the Savannah Package Dorian Q Fuller
165
Chapter 15 Islands of Agriculture on Victoria Nyanza Andrew Reid and Ceri Ashley
179
Chapter 16 Archaeobotanical Investigations of the Iron Age Lundu State Malawi Ingrid Heijen
189
An Example of the Disappearance of Agriculture in an Isolated Environment Jacob Morales Amelia Rodríguez and Águedo Marrero
195
Developing a Database for North Africa the Sahara and the Sahel Ruth Pelling
205
A Review Alexander Antonites and Annie Raath Antonites
225
Where Are We Now? Christopher Ehret
233
Implications of Synchronic Ethnography for Agrarian History Roger Blench
243

The Botanical Remains from Walaldé Shawn Sabrina Murray and Alioune Déme
97
Chapter 9 Humans and the Mangrove in Southern Nigeria Emuobosa Akpo Orijemie and M Adebisi Sowunmi
103
Chapter 10 Plant and Land Use in Southern Cameroon 400 BCE400 CE Stefanie Kahlheber Alexa Höhn and Katharina Neumann
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A HistoricalLinguistic Approach Koen Bostoen
129
Chapter 12 Archaeobotany of Two Middle Kingdom Cult Chambers at Northwest Saqqara Egypt Ahmed GamalElDin Fahmy Nozomu Kawai and S...
141
Excavation Results from Amarna Chris J Stevens and Alan J Clapham
151
Arable Economies and Cereal Impressions in Africa and Europe Meriel McClatchie and Dorian Q Fuller
259
Insights from Smelting Remains from Buganda Louise Iles
267
Index
275
About the Contributors
289
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Chris J. Stevens is an archaeologist with Wessex Archaeology, Salisbury.

Sam Nixon is a postdoctoral researcher at Sainsbury Research Unit for the Arts of Africa, Oceania & the Americas, University of East Anglia.

Mary-Anne Murray is a research associate at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.

Dorian Q Fuller is Professor of Archaeobotany at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. He is joint Editor-in-Chief of Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences and sits on the editorial boards of Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, PLoSOne, Springer Briefs in Earth Sciences, and Oxford Research Reviews for Archaeology. He is a section editor of the Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology (Springer) and co-author of Trees and Woodlands of South India (Left Coast 2008). His blog is archaeobotanist.blogspot.com.