Through a cross-cultural and comparative approach, it reveals both changes and significant continuities in the symbolism that conferred meaning to iron smelting over two thousand years in East and Central Africa.
North America: Indiana U Press
Publisher: James Currey
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 540 g
Dimensions: 233 x 156 x 19 mm
Like the act of iron smelting itself, this important book can be understood and used on many levels: as a technological reference on a vanished craft; as a reference tool for archaeologists to analyse and explain the evidence of ironworking; as a study of the role ritual and belief play in technological process of recent societies; and - more challenging, more problematic - the use of this to understand symbolism and cognition in the earlier societies of the African Iron Age. - Robin Derricourt in AFSAAP
With archaeologists increasingly emphasizing the need of looking at a geographically broader range of case-studies and of integrating archaeology, anthropology and history, Schmidt's book comes at a highly appropriate time. - Peter Mitchell, Lecturer in African Archaeology, Oxford University