African Archaeological Review

, Volume 35, Issue 1, pp 139–142 | Cite as

Peter R. Schmidt and Innocent Pikirayi, Eds.: Community Archaeology and Heritage in Africa: Decolonizing Practice

Routledge, New York, 2016, xiv + 309 pp., ISBN 978-1-138-65685-7
  • Akinwumi Ogundiran
Book Review

Arguably no discipline has demonstrated as much concern about the need to develop empowering relationships with local communities in the process of knowledge production as archaeology. Out of this concern has evolved community archaeology, a context-driven concept with multiple meanings. Broadly, it may be described as a proactive-activist arm of archaeological practice seeking to intimately link professionals with the many publics they serve. Considering the aspirations and objectives of community archaeology, this 12-chapter book is a welcome tour de forceon the contributions of Africanists to community-engagement practices in archaeology and heritage management. The first chapter, co-authored by the volume editors, provides the roadmap and rationale for the book. Here, Peter Schmidt and Innocent Pikirayi made a strong case for a vision of community archaeology that thrives on equitable collaborative research between the academic scholars and their community hosts “over project...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of North Carolina at CharlotteCharlotteUSA

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