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Title:Historical archaeology in East Africa: past practice and future directions
Author:Schmidt, Peter R.ISNI
Year:2016
Periodical:The Journal of African History (ISSN 1469-5138)
Volume:57
Issue:2
Pages:183-194
Language:English
Geographic term:East Africa
Subjects:archaeology
history
prehistory
oral traditions
research
Link:https://doi.org/10.1017/S0021853715000791
Abstract:This forum article explores the major intellectual trajectories in the historical archaeology of Eastern Africa over the last sixty years. Two primary perspectives are identified in historical archaeology: one that emphasizes precolonial history and oral traditions with associated archaeology, and another that focuses mostly on the era of European contact with Africa. The latter is followed by most North American practice, to the point of excluding approaches that privilege the internal dynamics of African societies. African practice today has many hybrids using both approaches. Increasingly, precolonial historical archaeology is waning in the face of a dominant focus on the modern era, much like the trend in African history. New approaches that incorporate community participation are gaining favor, with positive examples of collaboration between historical archaeologists and communities members desiring to preserve and revitalize local histories. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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