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The Oxford Handbook of African Archaeology. By Peter Mitchell & Paul Lane (eds.). Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2013, 1052 pp. ISBN 9780199569885. £120.00 (Hardcover).

The Oxford Handbook of African Archaeology. By Peter Mitchell & Paul Lane (eds.). Oxford... Book Review More than one kilopage of African archaeology, coming along as a massive, 2200 g volume nearly six centimetres thick, edited by two preeminent scholars, and covered in a black jacket with an invitingly green Great Zimbabwe front photograph. It would obviously be ludicrous to believe any short review could hope to do proper justice to a book of this format. Seventy chapters written by 76 international authors, including twenty colleagues from Africa, or of African descent, cover a breathtakingly wide array of topics relating to Africa's past, from early hominin evolution to contemporary heritage management, education and museums. Discounting the editors' brief introduction which curiously forms a part of its own, the handbook is subdivided into six parts: Part II, devoted to method and theory, research practice, and public profiles of African archaeology, seeks to refute the misapprehension that the continent's earlier history could be told in an unproblematic narrative with factual results lined up along a secure chronological backbone. Parts III­VII, the empirical centrepiece of the book, are presented in roughly chronological, or evolutionary, order: from the beginnings of humankind and the diversity of early African foragers to food producing, urban, and state societies, and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of African Archaeology Brill

The Oxford Handbook of African Archaeology. By Peter Mitchell & Paul Lane (eds.). Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2013, 1052 pp. ISBN 9780199569885. £120.00 (Hardcover).

Journal of African Archaeology , Volume 12 (1): 99 – Nov 1, 2014

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Brill
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© Copyright 2014 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1612-1651
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2191-5784
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10.3213/2191-5784-10248
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Book Review More than one kilopage of African archaeology, coming along as a massive, 2200 g volume nearly six centimetres thick, edited by two preeminent scholars, and covered in a black jacket with an invitingly green Great Zimbabwe front photograph. It would obviously be ludicrous to believe any short review could hope to do proper justice to a book of this format. Seventy chapters written by 76 international authors, including twenty colleagues from Africa, or of African descent, cover a breathtakingly wide array of topics relating to Africa's past, from early hominin evolution to contemporary heritage management, education and museums. Discounting the editors' brief introduction which curiously forms a part of its own, the handbook is subdivided into six parts: Part II, devoted to method and theory, research practice, and public profiles of African archaeology, seeks to refute the misapprehension that the continent's earlier history could be told in an unproblematic narrative with factual results lined up along a secure chronological backbone. Parts III­VII, the empirical centrepiece of the book, are presented in roughly chronological, or evolutionary, order: from the beginnings of humankind and the diversity of early African foragers to food producing, urban, and state societies, and

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Journal of African ArchaeologyBrill

Published: Nov 1, 2014

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