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Sand, Stones, and Bones. The Archaeology of Death in the Wadi Tanezzuft Valley (5000-2000 BP). The Archaeology of Libyan Sahara, Vol. 1. By Savino di Lernia & Giorgio Manzi (eds.) . Arid Zone Archaeology 3. All’Insegna del Giglio, Firenze, 2002, 356 pages. ISBN 88-7814-281-6. Price: EUR 60.00.

Sand, Stones, and Bones. The Archaeology of Death in the Wadi Tanezzuft Valley (5000-2000 BP).... BOOK REVIEW This book is the first of a series of three volumes devoted to The Archaeology of Libyan Sahara. The project, directed by Mario Liverani, focuses on Wadi Tanezzuft. The present volume deals with megalithic architecture and funerary practices of the later prehistory. The book has 14 chapters, which reflect a scheme of introductory research (chapters 1-3), field and laboratory research (chapter 4-13), and a conclusive report of the entire work, chapter 14). In earlier publications, CREMASCHI (2001) had argued that the Wadi Tanezzuft, a fluvial valley west of the Acacus scarp in the Libyan Sahara, escaped aridification for millennia, when compared to the neighbouring areas. So, it was expected that this valley played a special role as a melting pot of people. For that reason more than 2500 km² of the area were systematically investigated and 120 megalithic sites were discovered, providing a good opportunity for understanding the changing social and cultural environment of the area. Savino di Lernia and Giorgio Manzi evaluate the main topics dealing with the archaeology of death in Saharan regions, trying to explain why only scarce emphasis has been given to this part of Holocene archaeology in North Africa. In chapter http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of African Archaeology Brill

Sand, Stones, and Bones. The Archaeology of Death in the Wadi Tanezzuft Valley (5000-2000 BP). The Archaeology of Libyan Sahara, Vol. 1. By Savino di Lernia & Giorgio Manzi (eds.) . Arid Zone Archaeology 3. All’Insegna del Giglio, Firenze, 2002, 356 pages. ISBN 88-7814-281-6. Price: EUR 60.00.

Journal of African Archaeology , Volume 2 (1): 117 – Oct 25, 2004

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© Copyright 2004 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1612-1651
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BOOK REVIEW This book is the first of a series of three volumes devoted to The Archaeology of Libyan Sahara. The project, directed by Mario Liverani, focuses on Wadi Tanezzuft. The present volume deals with megalithic architecture and funerary practices of the later prehistory. The book has 14 chapters, which reflect a scheme of introductory research (chapters 1-3), field and laboratory research (chapter 4-13), and a conclusive report of the entire work, chapter 14). In earlier publications, CREMASCHI (2001) had argued that the Wadi Tanezzuft, a fluvial valley west of the Acacus scarp in the Libyan Sahara, escaped aridification for millennia, when compared to the neighbouring areas. So, it was expected that this valley played a special role as a melting pot of people. For that reason more than 2500 km² of the area were systematically investigated and 120 megalithic sites were discovered, providing a good opportunity for understanding the changing social and cultural environment of the area. Savino di Lernia and Giorgio Manzi evaluate the main topics dealing with the archaeology of death in Saharan regions, trying to explain why only scarce emphasis has been given to this part of Holocene archaeology in North Africa. In chapter

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