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African Iron Production and Iron Working Technologies: Methods

African Iron Production and Iron Working Technologies: Methods   Reference library

Louise Iles

The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Historiography: Methods and Sources

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2019
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History, Regional and National History, Archaeology
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Iron has played a significant role in the sociocultural, economic, and environmental spheres of many African communities, past and present, not only for utilitarian items, but also in the ... More
Animating African History: Digital and Visual Trends

Animating African History: Digital and Visual Trends   Reference library

Paula Callus

The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Historiography: Methods and Sources

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History, Regional and National History, Archaeology
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The animated moving image is conventionally thought of as sitting within the chronicles of European and American cinema. Consequently, animation in Africa garnered very little attention as ... More
Archaeobotany: Methods

Archaeobotany: Methods   Reference library

Louis Champion and Dorian Q. Fuller

The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Historiography: Methods and Sources

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History, Regional and National History, Archaeology
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There are many different ways to approach the study of domestication, agricultural evolution, and culinary traditions. Because plant foods (cereals and vegetables) are among the most ... More
Archaeozoology: Methods

Archaeozoology: Methods   Reference library

Veerle Linseele

The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Historiography: Methods and Sources

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Archaeozoology, or zooarchaeology, is the study of all kinds of physical remains or traces of animals from archaeological contexts. Here the focus is on bones and teeth of ... More
Ceramics, Foodways, and Consumption: Methods

Ceramics, Foodways, and Consumption: Methods   Reference library

Liza Gijanto

The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Historiography: Methods and Sources

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History, Regional and National History, Archaeology
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Ceramics are among the most ubiquitous artifact types recovered from archaeological sites throughout the African continent. As an artifact class, they provide a wealth of information about ... More
Climatology: Methods

Climatology: Methods   Reference library

Sharon E. Nicholson

The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Historiography: Methods and Sources

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History, Regional and National History, Archaeology
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Climate and weather have a tremendous impact on human societies. They dictate agriculture and human comfort and affect the occurrence of many diseases. Vagaries of climate such as droughts ... More
Community-based Approaches to African History

Community-based Approaches to African History   Reference library

Peter R. Schmidt and Kathryn Weedman Arthur

The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Historiography: Methods and Sources

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Historical studies of precolonial history in Africa face a crisis. Increasingly researchers are turning away from ancient history to the study of the modern period or they are devoting ... More
Digital Sources for the History of the Horn of Africa

Digital Sources for the History of the Horn of Africa   Reference library

Massimo Zaccaria

The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Historiography: Methods and Sources

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History, Regional and National History, Archaeology
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The Horn of Africa, as the German social anthropologist Günther Schlee notes, is only apparently a geographical term. The extent to which researchers can modularize its spaces, shrinking ... More
Documenting Precolonial Trade and Exchange in Africa

Documenting Precolonial Trade and Exchange in Africa   Reference library

Shadreck Chirikure

The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Historiography: Methods and Sources

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History, Regional and National History, Archaeology
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Trade is one of the earliest research themes within anthropology and by extension archaeology. Academic engagement with trade and culture contact can be traced to the early ...

Early African Pasts: Sources, Interpretations, Meanings

Early African Pasts: Sources, Interpretations, Meanings   Reference library

David Schoenbrun

The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Historiography: Methods and Sources

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2019
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History, Regional and National History, Archaeology
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To write about periods and places beyond literacy, that is, without fine-grained calendar dates and named individuals, historians developed a conventional base of sources. Paleoecology, ... More
Ethnographic Analogy in Archaeology: Methodological Insights from Southern Africa

Ethnographic Analogy in Archaeology: Methodological Insights from Southern Africa   Reference library

Mark McGranaghan

The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Historiography: Methods and Sources

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2019
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History, Regional and National History, Archaeology
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Archaeology is fundamentally analogical: it may be little more than a truism to assert that all archaeological interpretation is, in fact, analogy....

Exploring Present Pasts: Popular Arts as Historical Sources

Exploring Present Pasts: Popular Arts as Historical Sources   Reference library

Bogumil Jewsiewicki and Allen F. Roberts

The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Historiography: Methods and Sources

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2019
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History, Regional and National History, Archaeology
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In sub-Saharan African societies, artistic productions often conflate past and present, not as a lesson of European-style metahistory but rather as collective performance of culturally ... More
Genetics and Southern African History

Genetics and Southern African History   Reference library

Francesco Montinaro and Cristian Capelli

The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Historiography: Methods and Sources

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2019
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History, Regional and National History, Archaeology
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Southern Africa displays a variety of different environments distributed across several ecological and climatic backgrounds, which encompass the arid Kalahari and Namib deserts, the ... More
Historical Linguistics: Classification

Historical Linguistics: Classification   Reference library

Constanze Weise

The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Historiography: Methods and Sources

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History, Regional and National History, Archaeology
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Every language is an archive, a repository of words telling the story of human history. Although linguistic reconstruction of history does not allow precise dating, the data provide a ... More
Historical Linguistics: Words and Things

Historical Linguistics: Words and Things   Reference library

Rhonda M. Gonzales

The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Historiography: Methods and Sources

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History, Regional and National History, Archaeology
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The curiosity that people have to understand events of historical significance in times past seems innate. Perhaps, too, is the inclination to leave records to posterity on matters ... More
Interactions among Precolonial Foragers, Herders, and Farmers in Southern Africa

Interactions among Precolonial Foragers, Herders, and Farmers in Southern Africa   Reference library

James R. Denbow

The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Historiography: Methods and Sources

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Over the course of the past eight thousand years, African foragers and farmers have been interacting across a broad palimpsest of environments from the Sahara Desert in the north, to the ... More
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Precolonial Sub-Saharan African Farming and Herding Communities

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Precolonial Sub-Saharan African Farming and Herding Communities   Reference library

Paul Lane and Anna Shoemaker

The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Historiography: Methods and Sources

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2019
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History, Regional and National History, Archaeology
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14,174 words
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Research on the origins, spread, and evolution of food-production systems across sub-Saharan Africa has intensified in recent decades. Advances in archaeological science, population ... More
Kingdoms of South-Central Africa: Sources, Historiography, and History

Kingdoms of South-Central Africa: Sources, Historiography, and History   Reference library

David M. Gordon

The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Historiography: Methods and Sources

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2019
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History, Regional and National History, Archaeology
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As I set up my camera I was told to wait a bit and two men came in carrying a flat wooden case. This was carefully laid upon the ground and opened. It was a large standing ... More
Material Culture as a Historical Source

Material Culture as a Historical Source   Reference library

Robert Ross

The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Historiography: Methods and Sources

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2019
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History, Regional and National History, Archaeology
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Material culture is in essence the things we have around us. In principle they are inanimate, and, again with a few exceptions (e.g., pebbles as paperweights, or feathers as decoration), ... More
Numerical Data and Statistical Sources

Numerical Data and Statistical Sources   Reference library

Leigh Gardner

The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Historiography: Methods and Sources

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2019
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History, Regional and National History, Archaeology
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In 1982, Jan Vansina published an article lamenting the neglect of what he described as “lost corners of the world” in economic and social history and stressed the need for methodological ... More

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