By Andrew M. Reid, Paul J. Lane
This quantity explores the diversity of interactions among the ancient resources and archaeology which are to be had at the African continent. The contributions, written through a variety of specialists on diversified points of African archaeology, current the underlying matters such as:
- The clash and collaboration within the beginning of recent Africa;
- African buying and selling groups keeping their independence from Europe;
- The affects of the Atlantic slave trade.
This represents the 1st attention of old archaeology over the African continent as a complete and consequently presents a huge evaluation for African archaeologists and historians. This seminal quantity additionally explores Africa's position in international structures of suggestion and financial improvement for old archaeologists and historians alike.
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By contrast, the classic ' Meroitic' burial-type increasingly looks to represent a relatively restricted elite form. Furthermore, it is also noteworthy that at Gabati and elsewhere, such forms of burial survived the break-up of the Meroitic state, continuing into the early medieval period, demonstrating a degree of cultural continuity at odds with traditional perceptions of a sharp cultural divide between the Meroitic and post-Meroitic periods. If the classic form of burial may be characterised as a specifically elite 'Egyptianised' rite, this also draws attention to the distinctiveness of Meroitic Lower Nubia which requires further investigation (see below).
Furthermore, rather than maintaining traditional generalised assumptions of a 'Meroitic culture', specific aspects of the material record may begin to be related to diverse and multi-layered arenas of a complex Meroitic world. These may represent many social and gender 38 David Edwards backgrounds not represented in textual sources (Andren 1998: 174), large segments of the population for whom the impact of external influences may have been minimal. A shift of focus towards the Meroitic heartlands of central Sudan, away from the better-known Lower Nubian frontier zone, further emphasises the potential for significant reassessments of existing data.
African Historical Archaeologies by Andrew M. Reid, Paul J. Lane