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West African Early Towns: Archaeology of Households in Urban Landscapes. By Augustin F.C. Holl. Anthropological Papers, Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Number 95, Ann Arbor, 2006, 168 pp. ISBN 0-915703-61-0. Price US$ 26.00.

West African Early Towns: Archaeology of Households in Urban Landscapes. By Augustin F.C. Holl.... Augustin Holl's new study is an in-depth reanalysis of the acropolis at Awdaghost in south-central Mauritania, excavated from 1960 to 1976 by a series of French archaeologists. One of the great services that Holl renders with this study is to raise the issue of household studies in African archaeology, and rightly claim that it "is not...a theoretical construct currently in use in West African studies." (p. 20). It might be added that household archaeology has not been a part of the archaeology of any region of Africa, with few exceptions (DonleyReiD 1982, 1987; Smith & DaviD 1995; FleiSheR & laviolette in press). This is an unfortunate state of affairs considering how important household-level analyses have been in archaeological understandings of other world regions (e.g., wilk & aShmoRe 1988; BeRmann 1994; mehReR 1995; henDon 1996; alliSon 2002; ault & nevitt 2005). Theorizing about households in other parts of the world has moved through some critical phases -- from functional approaches (wilk & Rathje 1982) to those aimed at `peopling' the past with the micro-level analyses afforded by household studies (RoBin 2003; henDon 2004). Household archaeology in Africa would profit from paying close attention to these developments. Holl's admiration of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of African Archaeology Brill

West African Early Towns: Archaeology of Households in Urban Landscapes. By Augustin F.C. Holl. Anthropological Papers, Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Number 95, Ann Arbor, 2006, 168 pp. ISBN 0-915703-61-0. Price US$ 26.00.

Journal of African Archaeology , Volume 5 (2): 339 – Nov 1, 2007

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© Copyright 2007 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1612-1651
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10.3213/1612-1651-10097
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Augustin Holl's new study is an in-depth reanalysis of the acropolis at Awdaghost in south-central Mauritania, excavated from 1960 to 1976 by a series of French archaeologists. One of the great services that Holl renders with this study is to raise the issue of household studies in African archaeology, and rightly claim that it "is not...a theoretical construct currently in use in West African studies." (p. 20). It might be added that household archaeology has not been a part of the archaeology of any region of Africa, with few exceptions (DonleyReiD 1982, 1987; Smith & DaviD 1995; FleiSheR & laviolette in press). This is an unfortunate state of affairs considering how important household-level analyses have been in archaeological understandings of other world regions (e.g., wilk & aShmoRe 1988; BeRmann 1994; mehReR 1995; henDon 1996; alliSon 2002; ault & nevitt 2005). Theorizing about households in other parts of the world has moved through some critical phases -- from functional approaches (wilk & Rathje 1982) to those aimed at `peopling' the past with the micro-level analyses afforded by household studies (RoBin 2003; henDon 2004). Household archaeology in Africa would profit from paying close attention to these developments. Holl's admiration of

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Published: Nov 1, 2007

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