Ann Stahl has done Africanist archaeologists a service by bringing together such an exciting and varied group of scholars. "African Archaeology" is focused thoughtfully on ways in which African archaeology has been approached, as well as on current syntheses of the human past in Africa. This volume is intended for use as a text book, and the chronological and aerial coverage of the volume is broad. Thomas Plummer's chapter on the Oldowan is a clear and balanced overview of the archaeological evidence for, and differing interpretations of, early hominin behavior in the African Oldowan. Curtis Marean, Zelalem Assefa, Hilary Deacon, Sarah Wurz and Peter Mitchell discuss aspects of life in Africa during the Acheulian, Middle and Later Stone Age and African contributions to global debates regarding the origins of modern humans. The Marean and Assefa chapter is a continent-wide survey with a discussion that emphasizes current discussions regarding archaeological correlates of modern behavior. The other two chapters focus on southern African case studies, Klasies River and Later Stone Age societies in southern Africa. These chapters provide an excellent overview of the topic by cutting-edge scholars. It is noticeable, however, that there are only four chapters on the entire
Journal of African Archaeology – Brill
Published: Oct 25, 2005
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