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Archaeology, Language, and the African Past. By Roger Blench . AltaMira Press, Lanham, 2006, 388 pp. ISBN 978-0-7591-0466-2 (paperback). US$ 47.95.

Archaeology, Language, and the African Past. By Roger Blench . AltaMira Press, Lanham, 2006, 388... Roger Blench's Archaeology, Language, and the African Past is a valuable book in many respects. It serves, above all, as a reference which the practitioners of one discipline can use to learn something about the literature of other potentially correlative disciplines. Blench's own proposals in the book sometimes sum up a current consensus but, at least in the case of language evidence and the discussions of the language family relationships, too often add more untested ideas and speculative propositions to the mix. In consequence, the sweep of its coverage, though very wide indeed, does not make it a one-stop reference, but rather a starter guide to the specialist sources one needs to consult on a great many of the themes and controversies of deeptime African history. One notable service of the book is to bring together in one volume a very wide array of the disparate materials, as of 2006, bearing on the histories of animals and plants prominent in the evolution of food production in Africa. The survey presentations of the available archaeological, botanical, and zoological evidence for these plants and animals are accessible and often provide good informative detail. Blench has published on most of these http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of African Archaeology Brill

Archaeology, Language, and the African Past. By Roger Blench . AltaMira Press, Lanham, 2006, 388 pp. ISBN 978-0-7591-0466-2 (paperback). US$ 47.95.

Journal of African Archaeology , Volume 6 (2): 259 – Oct 25, 2008

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© Copyright 2008 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1612-1651
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2191-5784
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Abstract

Roger Blench's Archaeology, Language, and the African Past is a valuable book in many respects. It serves, above all, as a reference which the practitioners of one discipline can use to learn something about the literature of other potentially correlative disciplines. Blench's own proposals in the book sometimes sum up a current consensus but, at least in the case of language evidence and the discussions of the language family relationships, too often add more untested ideas and speculative propositions to the mix. In consequence, the sweep of its coverage, though very wide indeed, does not make it a one-stop reference, but rather a starter guide to the specialist sources one needs to consult on a great many of the themes and controversies of deeptime African history. One notable service of the book is to bring together in one volume a very wide array of the disparate materials, as of 2006, bearing on the histories of animals and plants prominent in the evolution of food production in Africa. The survey presentations of the available archaeological, botanical, and zoological evidence for these plants and animals are accessible and often provide good informative detail. Blench has published on most of these

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Journal of African ArchaeologyBrill

Published: Oct 25, 2008

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