We start with a book that was meant to be the subject of a full review that was commissioned but never delivered. It is unclear why reviewers take on books when it seems they have no intention of providing the review. Africa and Archaeology. Empowering an Expatriate Life (2009; London: The Radcliffe Press; ISBN 978-1-84511-994-2) is the autobiography of one of the most distinguished Africanist archaeologists alive today, Merrick Posnansky. It provides a fascinating account of Prof. Posnansky's career, but is much more than this being also a personal memoir thus giving us a privileged insight into the Posnansky family, home life, and the challenges they faced. The value of the book is at multiple levels, obviously in relation to the individual narrative and life story but also as a document that gives a sense of what it was like to be an archaeologist in Africa on the cusp of independence when archaeologists were few, as well as in subsequent decades. Detail is provided on Prof. Posnansky's excavations at sites such as Hani in Ghana, which adds anecdotes, people, and nuance to the usually drier academic studies that our discipline demands, and which can be read alongside the
Journal of African Archaeology – Brill
Published: Oct 25, 2011
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