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African Archaeological Review

, 26:251 | Cite as

Akinwumi Ogundiran and Toyin Falola (eds), Archaeology of Atlantic Africa and the African Diaspora

Indiana University Press, Bloomington, 2007, 509 pp, ISBN 978-0-253-34919-4
  • Christopher R. DeCorse
Book Review

This is an excellent book. Aimed at demonstrating the potential of “a transcontinental African archaeology”, the volume brings together 19 contributions, seven focusing on Africa and 12 examining North and South America, and the Caribbean. The works are, generally, both substantive and well written, and stand usefully on their own as case studies, syntheses, or overviews. They are, however, complemented by an excellent introductory chapter in which Akinwumi Ogundiran and Toyin Falola lay out the varied themes of African and African Diaspora archaeology. These themes are contextualized in terms of wider historical and anthropological research and debates, providing a useful overview that extends well beyond the volume’s archaeological coign of vantage. The Preface to the volume recognizes the work of W. E. B. Dubois, Melville Herskovits, and Merrick Posnansky as, respectively, pioneering the historical, anthropological, and archaeological studies of Africa and Africans in the Diaspora.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologySyracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA

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