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By Andrew M. Reid, Paul J. Lane

This quantity explores the variety of interactions among the old resources and archaeology which are to be had at the African continent. The contributions, written via various specialists on various elements of African archaeology, current the underlying concerns such as:
- The clash and collaboration within the starting place of contemporary Africa;
- African buying and selling groups retaining their independence from Europe;
- The affects of the Atlantic slave trade.

This represents the 1st attention of ancient archaeology over the African continent as an entire and as a result presents a tremendous evaluate for African archaeologists and historians. This seminal quantity additionally explores Africa's position in international structures of inspiration and monetary improvement for old archaeologists and historians alike.

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As manifestations of power and wealth, of conspicuous consumption and destruction, we may recognise ongoing traditions of kingship . While the abandonment of royal pyramids in favour of (massive) tumuli was a significant development, the emphasis on this particular cultural feature may well tell us more about the Egyptocentric bias of our research than about the processes of political change taking place during this period . If, as Lenoble and Sharif suggest, we may see the first development of such forms of elite/royal burial rite as early as the second century AD (1992 : 634) , traditional historical periodisations, which place the key transition considerably later in time, are also unhelpful in framing future research on 42 David Edwards this issue.

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