Iron Technology in East Africa
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400 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

111 b/w, 51 line illus.

Imprint: James Currey

Iron Technology in East Africa

Symbolism, Science and Archaeology

by Peter R. Schmidt

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The purpose of this study is to recuperate the history of African iron technology.

Through a cross-cultural and comparative approach, it reveals both changes and significant continuities in the symbolism that conferred meaning to iron smelting over two thousand years in East and Central Africa.

North America: Indiana U Press
"Like the act of iron smelting itself, this important book can be understood and used on many levels: as a technological reference on a vanished craft; as a reference tool for archaeologists to analyse and explain the evidence of ironworking; as a study of the role ritual and belief play in technological process of recent societies; and - more challenging, more problematic - the use of this to understand symbolism and cognition in the earlier societies of the African Iron Age." Robin Derricourt, AFSAAP
"With archaeologists increasingly emphasizing the need of looking at a geographically broader range of case-studies and of integrating archaeology, anthropology and history, Schmidt's book comes at a highly appropriate time." Peter Mitchell, Lecturer in African Archaeology, Oxford University

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9780852557433

January 1997

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Title Details

400 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

111 b/w, 51 line illus.

Imprint: James Currey