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The Archaeology of Ethiopia . By Niall Finneran . Routledge, London and New York, 2007, 336 pp. ISBN 978-0-415-38646-3. US$ 115.00.

The Archaeology of Ethiopia . By Niall Finneran . Routledge, London and New York, 2007, 336 pp.... The Archaeology of Ethiopia is a synthesis of Ethiopia's ancient and more recent archaeological history. Niall Finneran has taken on a task that others have either ignored or chosen to avoid. The complexity of the undertaking, because of the extraordinary depth of time and the diversity of sources, is staggering and thus compels us to commend Finneran for taking up the challenge. The Archaeology of Ethiopia is divided into seven chapters. Chapter 2 leads off the detailed archaeological discussion of antiquity from the Pleistocene to the Holocene; chapter 3 focuses on hunting, herding, and plant cultivation; chapter 4 takes up the question of Afro-Arabians and emerging social complexity in the first millennium BC; chapter 5 reviews knowledge about Aksum; and chapter 6 discusses the medieval and post-medieval periods. Finneran prefaces his synthesis with a poorly developed rhetorical argument about social memory. At one point in the preface he notes that Eritrean scholars at a recent conference chose to emphasize the "difference between the coast and the hinterland, emphasising an `Eritrean Adulis' and an `Ethiopian Aksum'. This observation is not made in a negative or judgmental manner, just as a warning that the creation of a `past for the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of African Archaeology Brill

The Archaeology of Ethiopia . By Niall Finneran . Routledge, London and New York, 2007, 336 pp. ISBN 978-0-415-38646-3. US$ 115.00.

Journal of African Archaeology , Volume 8 (1): 153 – Oct 25, 2010

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© Copyright 2010 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1612-1651
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Abstract

The Archaeology of Ethiopia is a synthesis of Ethiopia's ancient and more recent archaeological history. Niall Finneran has taken on a task that others have either ignored or chosen to avoid. The complexity of the undertaking, because of the extraordinary depth of time and the diversity of sources, is staggering and thus compels us to commend Finneran for taking up the challenge. The Archaeology of Ethiopia is divided into seven chapters. Chapter 2 leads off the detailed archaeological discussion of antiquity from the Pleistocene to the Holocene; chapter 3 focuses on hunting, herding, and plant cultivation; chapter 4 takes up the question of Afro-Arabians and emerging social complexity in the first millennium BC; chapter 5 reviews knowledge about Aksum; and chapter 6 discusses the medieval and post-medieval periods. Finneran prefaces his synthesis with a poorly developed rhetorical argument about social memory. At one point in the preface he notes that Eritrean scholars at a recent conference chose to emphasize the "difference between the coast and the hinterland, emphasising an `Eritrean Adulis' and an `Ethiopian Aksum'. This observation is not made in a negative or judgmental manner, just as a warning that the creation of a `past for the

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Published: Oct 25, 2010

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