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Title:New directions for historical archaeology in Eastern Africa
Author:Lane, Paul J.ISNI
Year:2016
Periodical:The Journal of African History (ISSN 1469-5138)
Volume:57
Issue:2
Pages:173-181
Language:English
Geographic term:East Africa
Subjects:archaeology
history
prehistory
material culture
oral traditions
research
Link:https://doi.org/10.1017/S0021853716000049
Abstract:Recent years have seen growth in the number of historical archaeology studies in Eastern Africa. Combining critical analysis of material remains alongside the available documentary and oral sources, these offer new insights into the precolonial and colonial pasts of the region. However, the field is less well established than in either West or Southern Africa and the full potential of the subdiscipline has yet to be realised. This contribution reviews the main analytical and theoretical trends, drawing on a selection of examples. Several other research themes that might warrant investigation are also identified, and the general lack of engagement with material culture and the archaeology of the last few hundred years on the part of historians, is lamented. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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