Abstract and Keywords
This article introduces African archaeology and provides a thematic framework for the volume. In 1871, Charles Darwin identified Africa as the continent on which the human evolutionary story had begun. Several generations of archaeological and palaeoanthropological research have confirmed that his intuition was correct. Africa was where both the genus Homo and the species, Homo sapiens, evolved. In that sense, this article suggests that the long-term history of human populations on the African continent that archaeology and its cognate disciplines uncover is of great importance. This book aims to situate African archaeology within its theoretical, methodological, and historical context. It considers the history of human culture on the African continent. The richness of Africa’s ethnographic record permits one to explore the meanings that people have given to material culture for use in the interpretation of the archaeological record of other regions of the world.
Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.
If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.