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The African Archaeology Network: Research in Progress

The African Archaeology Network: Research in Progress

Studies in the African Past, Volume 5
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The African Archaeology Network: Research in Progress

Volume 5 Editors: John & Jill Kinahan
Series: Studies in the African Past, Vol. 5
Series Editors: Felix Chami; Gilbert Pwiti; Chantal Radimilahy
Publisher: Dar es Salaam University Press Ltd.
Production: Namibia Archaeological Trust
Dar es Salaam, Windhoek, 2006
ISBN 9976-60-473-4 (Tanzania)
ISBN 99916 -779-3-3 (Namibia)
Soft cover, 17x24 cm, 248 Seiten, noumerous bw- and colour photos and scetches


Preface:

The African Archaeology Network (AAN) was formally established in 2004, having grown out of a long-standing association of African archaeologists, institutions and projects with related research interests.

The activities of the AAN include thematic research projects, training initiatives, the publication Studies in the African Past, and an annual meeting of participating scholars.

In 2005 the AAN meeting was held in Windhoek, Namibia, and Volume 5 of Studies in the African Past consists of the papers presented at that meeting, as well as some invited contributions and papers by colleagues who were unable to attend the meeting.

Namibian papers make up the opening chapters of this publication, beginning with that of John and Jill Kinahan presenting new research results from the southern Namib Desert. Karl-Johan Lindholm and John Molin of Uppsala University present the results of post-graduate research in Namibia, on pastoral wells in Omaheke and on community involvement in the management of Twyfelfontein rock engravings site, respectively.

From Namibia, the volume moves to Mozambique, and the research of Solange Macamo on gender structuring of a 15th century stone-walled enclosure site in the Choa Mountains. Chantal Radimilahy and colleagues follow thereafter with the results of an investigation of the St Augustine’s Bay area in south-western Madagascar.

Results of excavations at Kuumbi Cave on Zanzibar, by Paul Sinclair, Felix Chami and Abdurahman Juma are next, with evidence of occupation predating the Last Glacial Maximum. This is followed by Abdurahman Juma’s historical investigation of aboriginal identity on Zanzibar.

Felix Chami continues his ground-breaking work on the antiquity of urban settlement and trade on the East African coast, here with new evidence from Kilwa Kisiwani. Related metallurgical investigations by Bertram Mapunda deal with iron as well as copper production, and the link with coinage minted for the Sultan at Husuni Kubwa on Kilwa. Further research from the east coast of Africa includes Herman Kiriama’s work on the historical archaeology of a Mijikenda site at Kaya Bate north-east of Mombasa.

Gilbert Pwiti and Seke Katsamudanga report the results of excavations at Kamukombe in the mid-Zambezi valley, with new evidence for the rise of Late Iron Age farming economies in that region. The paper is accompanied by Robert Soper’s examination of the ceramic evidence for a typological transition from Kadzi to Musengezi on the basis of the Kamukombe evidence.

From Zimbabwe the volume moves to Nigeria with the work of Adebayo Folorunso and colleagues on the ceramics of Old Oyo, and finally, to David Kiyaga-Mulindwa’s use of ethnographic and archaeological evidence from Mutunda in northern Uganda to investigate the history of the Palwo, a Lwo-speaking community of the Karuma area.

On behalf of the contributing authors and all participating scholars and institutions, the Series Editors and the editors of this volume wish to acknowledge the continuing support of Sida, the Swedish International Development Agency, and its research cooperation component SAREC.


Contend:

1. Preliminary report on the late Holocene archaeology of the Awasib-Gorrasis basin complex in the southern Namib Desert
John Kinahan & Jill Kinahan

2. Can wells serve as archaeological indicators for livestock herding?
Karl-Johan Lindholm

3. Twyfelfontein - a rock art site of local significance
John Molin

4. Niamara and Magure, two possibly gendered places in the Choa mountain range of Central Mozambique
Solange Macamo

5. Archaeology of St Augustine’s Bay, Lower and Middle Onilahy Valley, south-western Madagascar
Chantal Radimilahy, Barthelemy Manjakahery & L.M.A Rakotozafy

6. Excavations at Kuumbi Cave on Zanzibar in 2005
Paul Sinclair, Abdurahman Juma & Felix Chami

7. Identity of ‘aboriginal’ people in Zanzibar: An overview
Abdurahman M. Juma

8. The archaeology of pre-Islamic Kilwa Kisiwani (island)
Felix A. Chami

9. Analysis report of metallurgical materials from Nguruni site, Kilwa
Kisiwani, southern Tanzania
Bertram B.B. Mapunda & Felix A. Chami

10. Excavations at Kaya Bate: an ancient Mijikenda settlement
Herman Kiriama, M. Mchulla, G. Ghandi and P. Wanyama

11. Preliminary report on excavations at Kamukombe, a farming community village site in the mid-Zambezi valley, northern Zimbabwe
Seke Katsamudanga & Gilbert Pwiti

12. Kamukombe - ceramic analysis
Robert Soper

13. Old Oyo pottery: from the field to exhibition
C.A. Folorunso, B.J. Tubosun & P.G. Ajekigbe

14. The Archaeology and Ethnography ofMutunda, a Nilotic-Lwo/ Bantu nexus in Northern Uganda
D. Kiyaga-Mulindwa
Obituary Dr Tereba Togola (1948-2005)


Contributors:

P.G. Ajekigbe, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Felix Chami, Archaeology Unit, Department of History, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Mamadou Cisse, Direction Nationale du Patrimoine, Mali
Caleb Adebayo Folorunso, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
George Ghandi, Department of Coastal Archaeology, Fort Jesus Museum, Kenya
Abdurahman Juma, Muslim University of Morogoro (formerly Department of Museums and Archives, Zanzibar), Tanzania
Seke Katsamudanga, Department of History, University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
Jill Kinahan, Namibia Archaeological Trust, Namibia
John Kinahan, Namibia Archaeological Trust, Namibia
Herman Kiriama, Department of Coastal Archaeology, Fort Jesus Museum, Kenya
David Kiyaga-Mulindwa, Kyambogo University, Uganda
Karl-Johan Lindholm, Department of African and Comparative Archaeology, Uppsala University, Sweden
Solange Macamo, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique
Barthelemy Manjakahery, Toliara University, Madagascar
Bertram Mapunda, Archaeology Unit, Department of History, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Mohammed Mchulla, Department of Coastal Archaeology, Fort Jesus Museum, Kenya
John Molin, Department of Anthropology, Uppsala University, Sweden
Gilbert Pwiti, Department of History, University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
Chantal Radimilahy, University Museum, Antananarivo, Madagascar
Lucien Rakotozafy, University Museum, Antananarivo, Madagascar
Paul Sinclair, African and Comparative Archaeology, Uppsala Univerity, Sweden
Robert Soper, Department of History, University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
B.J. Tubosun, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Phillip Wanyama, Department of Coastal Archaeology, Fort Jesus Museum, Kenya