The present volume concerns the archaeology of indigenous state formation in Madagascar. It is the first major collective publication to come from a long-term survey and excavation project carried out in central Madagascar intermittently from 1975 to 1996, with shorter publications having appeared since the late 1970s. At the center of the study are the pre-state polities and the forces which gave rise to the Imerina state, a sequence reaching from ca the 11th century through the 18th century, located in the region of Avaradrano near the modern Malagasy capital of Antananarivo. This book is meant to be the first of a series of volumes to come, which will make available the full sweep of data assembled during this project and more definitive analyses of those data. As editor, Henry Wright's stewardship has resulted in a highly professional, candid, collaborative, and intriguing collection of chapters of considerable scope. I will first outline the structure of the volume chapters, highlighting the collaborative team, and then return to summarize the major contributions from each chapter. Director Jean-Aimé Rakotoarisoa and his colleagues at the University Museum of Antananarivo begin the book with a gracious and frank foreward explaining the coming together
Journal of African Archaeology – Brill
Published: Oct 25, 2009
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