Namib: The archaeology of an African desert [Hardback]

John Kinahan(Author)

ISBN: 9781847012883 | Published by: James Currey | Year of Publication: 2021 | 546p, H8.5 x W5.5, 88 b/w, halftones, 19 line drawings, 30 graphs, 33 tables, 38 maps
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This is a story of human survival over the last one million years in the Namib Desert - one of the most hostile environments on Earth. Namib reveals the resilience and ingenuity of desert communities and provides a vivid picture of our species' response to climate change, and ancient strategies to counter ever-present risk. Dusty fragments of stone, pottery and bone tell a history of perpetual transition, of shifting and temporary states of balance. Namib digs beneath the usual evidence of archaeology to uncover a world of arcane rituals, of travelling rain-makers, of intricate social networks which maintained vital systems of negotiated access to scarce resources. Ranging from the earliest evidence of human occupation, through colonial rule and genocide, to the invasion of the desert by South African troops during the First World War, this is the first comprehensive archaeology of the Namib. Among its important contributions are the reclaiming of the indigenous perspective during the brutal colonial occupation, and establishing new material links between the imperialist project in German South West Africa during 1885-1915 and the Third Reich, and between Nazi ideology and Apartheid.
Southern Africa: University of Namibia Press/Jacana

Table of Contents

1. INTRODUCTION: A radical new approach
2. FIRST FOOTSTEPS: Early human ancestors
3. TIMES ARROW: Desert survival strategies
4. MOUNTAIN REFUGE: Isolated refugia & ritual practice
5. ELEPHANTS AND RAIN: Rain-making and initiation
6. DESERT GARDEN: Pottery & tending desert food plants
7. THE FAMILY HERD: Ovahimba desert pastoralists
8. THE BLACK SWAN: Indigenous views on colonial penetration
9. MEN IN HATS: Missionaries, traders, prospectors, hunters
10. THE DEATH OF MEMORY: Lifting the veil on colonial Genocide
EPILOGUE: Critical reappraisal: desert as natural wilderness or - the familiar home of people now banished?

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