Encyclopedia of Prehistory

Volume 1: Africa

  • Peter N. Peregrine
  • Melvin Ember

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages N1-xxxiii
  2. Sibel Barut Kusimba, Fred H. Smith
    Pages 1-22
  3. Alicia L. Hawkins, Maxine R. Kleindienst
    Pages 23-45
  4. Hans-Peter Wotzka
    Pages 46-58
  5. Hans-Peter Wotzka
    Pages 59-76
  6. Dmitry Proussakov
    Pages 77-85
  7. Frank Winchell
    Pages 86-94
  8. Peter N. Peregrine
    Pages 95-96
  9. Stanley Ambrose
    Pages 97-109
  10. Frank Winchell
    Pages 110-115
  11. Fred Wendorf
    Pages 116-128
  12. David Lubell
    Pages 129-149
  13. Christiana Köhler
    Pages 150-160
  14. Harold Dibble
    Pages 161-177
  15. Fred Wendorf
    Pages 178-189
  16. Sheryl F. Miller
    Pages 190-196
  17. Colette Roubet
    Pages 197-219
  18. Thomas Wyrwoll
    Pages 220-238
  19. Peter N. Peregrine
    Pages 239-244
  20. Andrew Smith
    Pages 245-259

About this book


The Encyclopedia of Prehistory represents also defined by a somewhat different set of an attempt to provide basic information sociocultural characteristics than are eth­ on all archaeologically known cultures, nological cultures. Major traditions are covering the entire globe and the entire defined based on common subsistence prehistory of humankind. It is designed as practices, sociopolitical organization, and a tool to assist in doing comparative material industries, but language, ideology, research on the peoples of the past. Most and kinship ties play little or no part in of the entries are written by the world's their definition because they are virtually foremost experts on the particular areas unrecoverable from archaeological con­ and time periods. texts. In contrast, language, ideology, and The Encyclopedia is organized accord­ kinship ties are central to defining ethno­ ing to major traditions. A major tradition logical cultures. is defined as a group of populations sharing There are three types of entries in the similar subsistence practices, technology, Encyclopedia: the major tradition entry, and forms of sociopolitical organization, the regional sub tradition entry, and the which are spatially contiguous over a rela­ site entry. Each contains different types of tively large area and which endure tempo­ information, and each is intended to be rally for a relatively long period. Minimal used in a different way.


Middle Paleolithic holocene iron age late pleistocene paleolithic pleistocene prehistory

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter N. Peregrine
    • 1
  • Melvin Ember
    • 2
  1. 1.Lawrence UniversityAppletonUSA
  2. 2.Human Relations Area Files/Yale UniversityNew HavenUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4615-1193-9
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4684-7128-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-1193-9
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