Book Review The reviewed dissertation of Annett Dittrich is an extremely ambitious project dealing with a relatively large area over a period of time of at least 6 millennia, from the beginning of the Holocene up to the fifth millennium cal BC. Relevant topics such as research history, site formation processes, absolute ages and artefact material have been evaluated. Based on this, the relationship between sites and assemblages to known archaeological complexes or temporal units is re-examined, and at times their validity is reconsidered. Furthermore, supra-regional dispersion models of so-called Neolithic innovations are revised. The outline of the research history is enlightening, although it is often subjective and biased. In a review of research history you would expect a compilation of the most relevant sites, projects, researchers and above all their publications. Instead of this you feel dragged into an ideologically biased contention with the critics of A.J. Arkell, one of the pioneers of Sudanese Archaeology. The revision of the archaeological sites is probably the main outcome of the thesis. Of particular interest is the examination of site formation processes. Dittrich presents information on the preservation of archaeological sites in alluvial and limnic systems as well as on
Journal of African Archaeology – Brill
Published: Nov 11, 2013
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