Encyclopedia Of Precolonial Africa: Archaeology, History, Languages, Cultures, And Environments
Encyclopedia of Precolonial Africa: Archaeology, History, Languages, Cultures, and Environments
A Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Book. Explore the dynamics of precolonial African life in this comprehensive encyclopedia. An authoritative text with state of the art summaries, the Encyclopedia of Precolonial Africa will prove to be a benchmark volume for the field. Moreover, a bibliography for each article guides readers with further research. With more than 100 articles written by leading scholars, extensive maps, photos, and figures, the Encyclopedia of Precolonial Africa is essential reading for all students, professionals, and avocational readers of African archaeology, history, linguistics, and culture.
Working around circumstances reflecting the typical environmental hurdles, communication breakdowns, and sometimes difficult access experienced in remote areas, researcher and scientist Joseph Vogel has brought together, over a period of four years, a solid body of current learning on precolonial Africa. Organized in the form of essays 2 to 10 pages long, contributed by more than 80 experts from around the world, material is grouped into two major areas. The first sections contain background information covering environmental conditions, archaeological and anthropological research, and the development of technologies such as metalworking. The later sections describe how, over...