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Title:Multivocality and the African past: assessing the challenges of research dissemination in African archaeology in the 21st century
Author:Gundu, Zacharys Anger
Year:2011
Periodical:Journal of environment and culture (ISSN 1597-2755)
Volume:8
Issue:2
Pages:54-65
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:archaeology
research
Africanization
Abstract:Research on the African past has been dominated by Euro-American researchers. Though subscribing to multivocality in African archaeology, this article argues that it is urgent that Africans take archaeological research into their own hands. Africans must be at the forefront of archaelogical research in Africa, and this research must be supported by funds generated within the continent. Though economic challenges are bound to make this difficult, the author argues for concerted efforts to overcome the challenges to ensure that Africa is heard and known from the voices of African archaeologists. African governments, institutions and granting bodies from the private sector should step up the sponsorship of archaeological research on the continent. It is important to strengthen archaeology at African universities, to encourage local publications that could be used as standard texts and resources, and to raise the quality of African-based journals. The African voice can also be substantially strengthened through the use of open access facilities on the internet. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract, edited]
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