Ancient African Metallurgy: The Sociocultural Context by Michael S. Bisson,Terry S. Childs,De Philip Barros,Augustin

By Michael S. Bisson,Terry S. Childs,De Philip Barros,Augustin F.C. Holl,Joseph O. Vogel

Gold. Copper. Iron. steel operating in Africa has been the topic of either public lore and wide archaeological research. right here, 4 of the best modern researchers in this subject try to offer an entire synthesis of present debates and understandings: the place, how, and whilst was once steel first brought to the continent? How have been iron and copper instruments, implements, and items utilized in daily life, in alternate, in political and cultural contexts? What function did steel items play within the ideological structures of precolonial African peoples? significant chapters handle the origins of steel operating and the know-how and a number of the makes use of and meanings of copper and iron. An ethnoarchaeological account within the phrases of a modern iron employee enriches the archaeological motives. This publication offers a entire, well timed precis of our present knowledge.

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