African Islands

African Islands A Comparative Archaeology - Routledge Studies in African Archaeology and Cultural Heritage

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Publisher's Synopsis

African Islands provides the first geographically and chronologically comprehensive overview of the archaeology of African islands.

This book draws archaeologically informed histories of African islands into a single synthesis, focused on multiple issues of common interest, among them human impacts on previously uninhabited ecologies, the role of islands in the growth of long-distance maritime trade networks, and the functioning of plantation economies based on the exploitation of unfree labour. Addressing and repairing the longstanding neglect of Africa in general studies of island colonization, settlement, and connectivity, it makes a distinctively African contribution to studies of island archaeology. The availability of this much-needed synthesis also opens up a better understanding of the significance of African islands in the continent's past as a whole. After contextualizing chapters on island archaeology as a field and an introduction to the variety of Africa's islands and the archaeological research undertaken on them, the book focuses on four themes: arriving, altering, being, and colonizing and resisting. An interdisciplinary approach is taken to these themes, drawing on a broad range of evidence that goes beyond material remains to include genetics, comparative studies of the languages, textual evidence and oral histories, island ecologies, and more.

African Islands provides an up-to-date synthesis and account of all aspects of archaeological research on Africa's islands for students and academics alike.

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Book information

ISBN: 9781032156910
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Imprint: Routledge
Pub date:
DEWEY: 960.1
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 318
Weight: 834g
Height: 246mm
Width: 173mm
Spine width: 18mm