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 large archaeological research. right here, 4 of the prime modern researchers in this subject try to offer an entire synthesis of present debates and understandings: the place, how, and whilst used to be steel first brought to the continent? How have been iron and copper instruments, implements, and items utilized in lifestyle, in alternate, in political and cultural contexts? What position did steel items play within the ideological platforms of precolonial African peoples? sizeable chapters tackle the origins of steel operating and the expertise and a few of the makes use of and meanings of copper and iron. An ethnoarchaeological account within the phrases of a latest iron employee enriches the archaeological factors. This e-book presents a accomplished, well timed precis of our present knowledge.

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