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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Irrigation and Soil Conservation in African Agricultural History
Author:Sutton, John E.G.
Year:1984
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Volume:25
Issue:1
Pages:25-41
Language:English
Geographic terms:Tanzania
Zimbabwe
Subjects:agricultural history
irrigation
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
History and Exploration
colonialism
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/181357
Abstract:The archaeological study of African history has concentrated more on origins and the identification of crop remains than on farming techniques and ancient fields. The few instances of preserved fields which exist have been regarded as relics of 'intensive' cultivation by 'vanished civilisations'. However, a clearer understanding of African agriculture, through ethnographic and ecological approaches, reveals not only its basically extensive character but also the infinite variety of local specializations. Inyanga in eastern Zimbabwe and Engaruka in the northern Tanzanian rift are two examples sustaining this view. Notes.
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