African Archaeological Review

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 21–40 | Cite as

A survey of surveys: aspects of surface archaeology in sub-Saharan Africa

  • John Bower


Surface archaeology has matured impressively during the past twenty years, largely as a result of intensive field studies in Mesoamerica, southwest Asia and various industrial countries. This article examines the major features of contemporary surface research, reviews the history of survey and selected examples of recent work in sub-Saharan Africa, and compares the state of surface archaeology in the sub-continent with global developments.


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L'archéologie de surface a fait des progrès impressionnants pendant les vingt dernières années, surtout à cause de recherches intensives sur le terrain en Amérique Centrale, au Sud-Ouest de l'Asie, et dans divers pays industrialisés. Cet article examine les grands traits de la recherche contemporaine en surface, passe en revue l'histoire de la recherche régionale, et quelques exemples sélectionnés de travail récent en Afrique méridionale, et enfin il fait la comparaison entre l'état de l'archéologie de surface dans ce sous-continent et les developpements globaux.


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