Iron Technology in East Africa

Iron Technology in East Africa : Symbolism, Science, and Archaeology

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... one of the best books yet written on preindustrial African ironworking." -GeoarchaeologyPeter Schmidt has written an important synthesis of two decades' work on the iron technology of the Haya people of Tanzania." -African Studies Review... essential reading for archaeologists, anthropologists, and historians of East Africa... " -International Journal of African Historical StudiesIn Schmidt's skillful and sensitive hands... the topic comes alive as a vital sociology of knowledge in ways that will interest a great many readers, both in and outside of archaeology and African Studies." -ChoicePeter R. Schmidt distills more than 20 years of research on the technological, historical, and cultural dimensions of African iron production from ancient times to the recent past. His investigation of the rich symbolism surrounding traditional methods of iron production sheds light on the history of iron technology and reveals its central cultural more

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  • Paperback | 344 pages
  • 154.9 x 233.7 x 20.3mm | 635.04g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 111 b&w photos, 51 figures
  • 0253211093
  • 9780253211095
  • 2,090,171

About Peter R. Schmidt

Peter R. Schmidt is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Florida, editor of The Culture and Technology of African Iron Production, and co-editor (with Roderick J. McIntosh) of Plundering Africa's more

Table of contents

1. Remaking Knowledge about African Iron Technology2. Historical and Cultural Contexts: Excavating History, Myth, and Ritual3. Ethnoarchaeology and Experiment in Iron Technology4. Ethnoarchaeology and Bricolage: Engaging Iron Smelting5. A Technological Model of the Haya Process6. Comparative Models: Forging a History of Haya Iron Smelting7. Dynamic Models for an Archaeology of Iron Technology8. Models for the Interpretation of Space: Smelting and Forging9. An Archaeology of African Iron Symbolism10. Reading Ideology in the Archaeological Record11. A History of Landscape Transformation: Bringing the Past Up to the Presentshow more

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