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date: 28 February 2020

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To review the implications of landscape archaeology in Africa, this article examines three topics: research on settlement or territorial archaeology; historical ecology and dialectical approaches to landscape; and landscapes of power and perception, including symbolic and ritual understandings of landscapes. Landscape archaeology in Africa is an active subfield through which new understandings of past societies have been achieved through broadening the spatial scale. It also offers insights that challenge troubling notions of an African past, as well as making archaeology relevant to contemporary concerns, forcing policy makers to take seriously both deep-time patterns of human–environmental interactions as well as the culturally relative ways through which local populations conceive of manage and construct their own landscapes.

Keywords: territorial archaeology, historical ecology, African archaeology, human–environmental interactions

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