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African Archaeology (3rd edition). By David W. Phillipson , Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 406 pp., ISBN 052154002X (paperback), 0521832365 (hardback). Price 24.99 £ (paperback), 65.00 £ (hardback).

African Archaeology (3rd edition). By David W. Phillipson , Cambridge University Press,... BOOK REVIEW Phillipson notes in his introductory chapter that the book "attempts to provide an up-to-date summary and interpretation of the archaeological evidence for the past of humans in Africa from their first appearance up to the time when written history becomes the primary source of information" (p. 1). As with the two previous editions (1985 and 1993), this is by no means an easy task, given the time scale and the geographical scope that this entails. The book is an expansion on Phillipson's previous publications entitled "African Archaeology" and what Phillipson has achieved is to incorporate much of the new and significant research evidence that has come to light in the intervening period, starting with the evolution of our ancestors. Here, Phillipson discusses the importance and implications of the new findings and their status. He is quick to draw attention to the uncertainties and controversial nature of some of the evidence, particularly for the fossils and proposed species representing the earliest candidates in the human evolutionary tree. All the new data are then incorporated into the previous framework to produce the new informative and helpful diagram presented on page 23. The ensuing discussion of the earliest stone http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of African Archaeology Brill

African Archaeology (3rd edition). By David W. Phillipson , Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 406 pp., ISBN 052154002X (paperback), 0521832365 (hardback). Price 24.99 £ (paperback), 65.00 £ (hardback).

Journal of African Archaeology , Volume 4 (2): 351 – Oct 25, 2006

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Brill
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© Copyright 2006 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1612-1651
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2191-5784
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10.3213/1612-1651-10080
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BOOK REVIEW Phillipson notes in his introductory chapter that the book "attempts to provide an up-to-date summary and interpretation of the archaeological evidence for the past of humans in Africa from their first appearance up to the time when written history becomes the primary source of information" (p. 1). As with the two previous editions (1985 and 1993), this is by no means an easy task, given the time scale and the geographical scope that this entails. The book is an expansion on Phillipson's previous publications entitled "African Archaeology" and what Phillipson has achieved is to incorporate much of the new and significant research evidence that has come to light in the intervening period, starting with the evolution of our ancestors. Here, Phillipson discusses the importance and implications of the new findings and their status. He is quick to draw attention to the uncertainties and controversial nature of some of the evidence, particularly for the fossils and proposed species representing the earliest candidates in the human evolutionary tree. All the new data are then incorporated into the previous framework to produce the new informative and helpful diagram presented on page 23. The ensuing discussion of the earliest stone

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Journal of African ArchaeologyBrill

Published: Oct 25, 2006

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