BOOK REVIEW "San Spirituality" is one of a set of titles in the African Archaeology Series, which also includes texts on African metallurgy, Swahili states, the Zimbabwe Culture, African Foragers and Saharan Rock Art. Clearly the choice of titles is meant to appeal to specialist Africanist archaeologists as well as to wider audiences. The title of this useful volume may hint that spirituality is the key to the intended audience rather than to the archaeological or ethnographic connotations, but the text is certainly appropriate fare for these latter. LewisWilliams & Pearce have written a very comprehensive account of San spiritual life that covers some, for this research group, previously little charted territory in the stone age sequence of the Cape, as well as more familiar ground in rock art, Kalahari ethnography and the recent transformation of San communities. My impression is that, not surprisingly, different components of this wide audience will react to different parts of the book, both positively and negatively. There is a broad chronological structure to the text, which, after introducing the San, deals with some issues of the conventional archaeological record of the Cape, and then expands into a series of thematically linked discussions
Journal of African Archaeology – Brill
Published: Oct 25, 2005
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