John Beardsley (ed.): Cultural Heritage Landscapes in Sub-Saharan Africa
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This collection of essays is important and timely. While much research in the fields of archaeology, history, anthropology, and geography has focused on ‘landscape’ in an empirical sense, fewer works have tackled African landscapes from a more theoretical and synthetic angle. While presenting strong empirical case studies, this volume is therefore most useful as the starting point for deeper critical debate concerning the nature of African landscapes—particularly how communities have and continue to modify their physical context, how they act and ascribe meaning to the wider world, and how daily practices, improvisations, innovations, and agencies (often political) play out across spatial scales. This volume should be essential reading for Africanist archaeologists and students.
The volume is well produced with copious colour images, although I am surprised that there were not more maps in a volume dealing with space. Beardsley must be congratulated for assembling such an engaging...