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An Archaeology of Resistance: Materiality and Time in an African Borderland . By Alfredo González-Ruibal. Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, 2014, xvii + 381 pp. ISBN 9781442230903. US$ 74.00 (hardcover).

An Archaeology of Resistance: Materiality and Time in an African Borderland . By Alfredo... An Archaeology of Resistance: Materiality and Time in an African Borderland. By Alfredo González-Ruibal. Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, 2014, xvii + 381 pp. ISBN 9781442230903. US$ 74.00 (hardcover). An Archaeology of Resistance confronts predominant thought and practice in archaeology. In this contribution to the Archaeology and Society Series, González-Ruibal makes sustained and nuanced arguments about African resistance, time, and materiality. He engages contemporary villagers in the Sudanese-Ethiopian borderland. Egalitarian communities in this region have persisted within and alongside states for millennia. A core question directs the author's project: What structures have allowed "egalitarian societies to survive in one of the earliest areas of state formation in Africa?" (p. xiii). He employs an archaeological approach to living communities, and especially to their present material culture, to address his topic. In effect, González-Ruibal attempts to capture indigenous histories and historicities beyond the narrative of colonialism and "modernity" by seeking that which is "traditional" for the Gumuz, Bertha, and Mao. A short introduction, two framing chapters, three extended case studies, and an epilogue comprise An Archaeology of Resistance. From the outset, GonzálezRuibal defines the "archaeology" in the volume as "contemporary" in orientation (p. 6). In the first chapter, the author critiques http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of African Archaeology Brill

An Archaeology of Resistance: Materiality and Time in an African Borderland . By Alfredo González-Ruibal. Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, 2014, xvii + 381 pp. ISBN 9781442230903. US$ 74.00 (hardcover).

Journal of African Archaeology , Volume 12 (2): 237 – Nov 1, 2014

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© Copyright 2014 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1612-1651
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2191-5784
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An Archaeology of Resistance: Materiality and Time in an African Borderland. By Alfredo González-Ruibal. Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, 2014, xvii + 381 pp. ISBN 9781442230903. US$ 74.00 (hardcover). An Archaeology of Resistance confronts predominant thought and practice in archaeology. In this contribution to the Archaeology and Society Series, González-Ruibal makes sustained and nuanced arguments about African resistance, time, and materiality. He engages contemporary villagers in the Sudanese-Ethiopian borderland. Egalitarian communities in this region have persisted within and alongside states for millennia. A core question directs the author's project: What structures have allowed "egalitarian societies to survive in one of the earliest areas of state formation in Africa?" (p. xiii). He employs an archaeological approach to living communities, and especially to their present material culture, to address his topic. In effect, González-Ruibal attempts to capture indigenous histories and historicities beyond the narrative of colonialism and "modernity" by seeking that which is "traditional" for the Gumuz, Bertha, and Mao. A short introduction, two framing chapters, three extended case studies, and an epilogue comprise An Archaeology of Resistance. From the outset, GonzálezRuibal defines the "archaeology" in the volume as "contemporary" in orientation (p. 6). In the first chapter, the author critiques

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Published: Nov 1, 2014

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