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ETHNIC AMBIGUITY AND THE AFRICAN PAST
François G. Richard & Kevin MacDonald (eds)
The collective inquiries in this volume address ethnicity in ancient Africa as social fact and political artifact along numerous dimensions. Eleven authors engage with contemporary anthropological, historical and archaeological perspectives to examine how ideas of self-understanding, belonging, and difference in Africa were made and unmade.
REANIMATING INDUSTRIAL SPACES
Hilary Orange (ed)
Reanimating Industrial Spaces explores the relationships between people and the places of former industry through approaches that incorporate and critique memory-work. The contributors have created a set of diverse case studies which examine differing socio-economic contexts and approaches to industrial spaces both in the past and in contemporary society. A range of memory-work is also illustrated throughout the volume.
WRAPPING AND UNWRAPPING OF MATERIAL CULTURE
Susanna Harris & Laurence Douny (eds)
This innovative volume challenges contemporary views on material culture by exploring the relationship between wrapping materials and practices and the objects, bodies, and places that define them. Using diverse examples and employing methods of artifact analysis, microscopy, and participant observation, the contributors provide a new lens on material culture and its relationship to cultural meaning.
ARCHAEOLOGY OF AFRICAN PLANT USE
Chris Stevens, Sam Nixon, Mary Anne Murray & Dorian Fuller (eds)
The first major synthesis of African archaeobotany in decades, this book brings together papers presented at the 5th meeting of the International Workshop for African Archaeobotany (IWAA 5), as well as invited authors, and represents an important contribution to this growing focus of research. The themes of the papers cover such diverse topics as primate plant use, diet and evolution, palaeoenvironmental change, domestication, agriculture, iron production and historical linguistics.