Archaeology, Language, and the African Past - African Archaeology Series (Paperback)Roger Blench (author)
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Publisher: AltaMira Press,U.S.
Number of pages: 388
Weight: 626 g
Dimensions: 234 x 170 x 25 mm
Roger Blench's new book is an impressive demonstration of the ways in which evidence from different disciplines-including archaeology, historical linguistics, comparative ethnography, ethnobiology, and genetics-can be combined to generate compelling reconstructions of African prehistory. The result is both entertaining and scholarly, a magisterial synthesis of current methods and knowledge that is enriched by a wealth of data and insights from the author's own researches in the field. This is a book that no student of the African past can afford to be without. -- Martin Walsh, University of Cambridge
Roger Blench, discoverer of numerous relict and isolated African languages, takes a refreshing, global, and interdisciplinary approach to his study of African historical linguistics and archaeology, and of the cultural dynamics that lie behind the present peopling of the continent. His erudite, critical, and yet accessible exposition and bold-at times controversial-synthesis document the present state of the 'mutual interplay' between the two disciplines in a book that linguists will argue about and archaeologists pore over for many years to come. -- Nic David, University of Calgary
For over a century linguists, archaeologists, historians, anthropologists, and more recently, geneticists have each been writing their own versions of African history. Similarly, specialists in the four African language phyla have been telling the history and classification of their own phylum. Now for the first time comes a book which synthesizes all these threads. The author is at once scholarly and able to communicate in a way that makes the book accessible to students and academics. -- Derek Nurse, Memorial University of Newfoundland
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