BOOK REVIEW Since the mid-1990s Sibel Barut Kusimba, currently Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Lawrence University, USA, and adjunct curator of anthropology at the Field Museum in Chicago, is known to Africanist archaeologists through several articles dealing with different periods and aspects of the Stone Age, in particular of East Africa. In her recent book she has addressed a challenging exercise: to examine Africas foraging peoples from the beginnings up to the transition to agriculture and the domestication of animals a task not many of us dare to do, as it requires knowledge on various specialised fields outside of ones own research activities, and, in our present times even more difficult to gain, methods to process data faster than they accumulate. One can acknowledge that Sibel Barut Kusimba has the admirable capabilities to do this and, in addition, to present her considerations with eloquence. She has surveyed the relevant literature, although not perfectly balanced with regard to the European situation, for instance, and compiled and discussed contemporary considerations. In eight chapters, hunter-gatherers in Africa and in many cases and aspects far beyond are described in their social and technological relation to environmental conditions. The introduction is a view
Journal of African Archaeology – Brill
Published: Oct 25, 2003
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