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The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology and Anthropology of Hunter-Gatherers. By Vicki Cummings, Peter Jordan & Marek Zvelebil (eds.) . Oxford University Press, Oxford 2014, 1330 pp. ISBN 9780199551224. £ 125.00 (Hardcover).

The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology and Anthropology of Hunter-Gatherers. By Vicki Cummings,... This book is the culmination of what I imagine for the editors was a massive undertaking requiring copious amounts of correspondence plus hundred of hours of reading and editing submitted papers, writing of introductory chapters, and arrangement of papers into a coherent whole. At over 1300 pages in length with over 70 authors and 61 papers, it is an extraordinary achievement that I am sure will take its rightful place as one of the most comprehensive and wide-ranging collections of essays on the archaeology and anthropology of hunter-gatherers (HGs) yet compiled. The editors must be congratulated on bringing this to fruition and the result is well worth their efforts, for it provides readers with an extraordinary rich source of information, ideas and inspiration for engaging with the archaeology and anthropology of HGs. Many of the contributors are the leading experts in their field and there are notable names amongst the authors; however the editors have also included papers written by early career scholars, including doctoral students, which I think is commendable as they often bring a fresh voice and perspective on older more established research traditions. As there are so many individual contributions that range across very many http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of African Archaeology Brill

The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology and Anthropology of Hunter-Gatherers. By Vicki Cummings, Peter Jordan & Marek Zvelebil (eds.) . Oxford University Press, Oxford 2014, 1330 pp. ISBN 9780199551224. £ 125.00 (Hardcover).

Journal of African Archaeology , Volume 12 (2): 245 – Nov 1, 2014

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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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10.3213/2191-5784-10262
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This book is the culmination of what I imagine for the editors was a massive undertaking requiring copious amounts of correspondence plus hundred of hours of reading and editing submitted papers, writing of introductory chapters, and arrangement of papers into a coherent whole. At over 1300 pages in length with over 70 authors and 61 papers, it is an extraordinary achievement that I am sure will take its rightful place as one of the most comprehensive and wide-ranging collections of essays on the archaeology and anthropology of hunter-gatherers (HGs) yet compiled. The editors must be congratulated on bringing this to fruition and the result is well worth their efforts, for it provides readers with an extraordinary rich source of information, ideas and inspiration for engaging with the archaeology and anthropology of HGs. Many of the contributors are the leading experts in their field and there are notable names amongst the authors; however the editors have also included papers written by early career scholars, including doctoral students, which I think is commendable as they often bring a fresh voice and perspective on older more established research traditions. As there are so many individual contributions that range across very many

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Journal of African ArchaeologyBrill

Published: Nov 1, 2014

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