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Handbook of Pleistocene Archaeology of Africa Hominin behavior, geography, and chronology

Title
Handbook of Pleistocene Archaeology of Africa [electronic resource] : Hominin behavior, geography, and chronology / edited by Amanuel Beyin, David K. Wright, Jayne Wilkins, Deborah I. Olszewski.
ISBN
9783031202902
Edition
1st ed. 2023.
Publication
Cham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Springer, 2023.
Physical Description
1 online resource (CXLV, 2146 p.) 150 illus., 132 illus. in color.
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Summary
This handbook showcases an Africa-wide compendium of Stone Age archaeological sites and methodological advances that have improved our understanding of hominin lifeways and biogeography in the continent. The focal time spans the Pleistocene Epoch (c. 2.5 million-11,700 years ago) during which important human traits, such as obligate bipedalism that freed the hands to engage in creative activities, a large brain relative to body size, language, and social complexity, developed in the general forms that they are found today. The handbook is the first of its kind, and it is expected to play a significant role in human evolutionary research by: ❖ Collating the African Stone Age record, which exists in a fragmented state along the lines of national boundaries and colonial experiences. ❖ Showcasing emerging conceptual and methodological advances in African Pleistocene archaeology. ❖ Providing reference datasets for teaching and researching African prehistory. ❖ Making Africa's Stone Age record accessible to researchers and students based in Africa who may not have access to journal publications where most new field discoveries are published. The Handbook features 128 chapters, of which 116 are site entries grouped by the host countries and presented in an alphabetical order. A number of those site-related entries examine multiple archaeological localities lumped under specific projects or study areas. The rest of the contributions deal with methodological topics, such as luminescence and radiocarbon dating, field data recovery, lithic analysis, micromorphology, and hominin fossil and zooarchaeological records of Pleistocene Africa. The introductory chapter provides an historical overview of the development of Stone Age (Paleolithic) archaeology in Africa beginning in the mid-19th century, and paleoenvironmental and chronological frameworks commonly used to structure the continent's Pleistocene record. By making a good amount of African Stone Age literature accessible to researchers and the public, we wish to promote interest in human evolutionary research in the continent and elsewhere.
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Language
English
Added to Catalog
September 19, 2023
Contents
Section 1: Recent methodological advances
Section 2: North-West Africa
Section 3: Northeast Africa
Section 4: Central-East Africa
Section 5: Southern Africa
Section 6: What does the future hold for Pleistocene Archaeology of Africa
Concluding thoughts by editors.
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