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Thoughts on É. Zangato & A.F.C. Holl’s “On the Iron Front”

Thoughts on É. Zangato & A.F.C. Holl’s “On the Iron Front” Thoughts on É. Zangato & A.F.C. Holl's "On the Iron Front" Scott MacEachern Many of the issues surrounding the particular archaeological occurrences described in this important article have already been noted, including the significant number of radiocarbon dates (especially from the complex Feature 6 at Ôboui) and the well-preserved state of iron artefacts and the implications of that preservation for claims of an early age for the site. Debate on this site will no doubt continue, but it may be worthwhile considering some aspects of the broader context. It is at this point widely acknowledged that debates on the origins and first uses of iron metallurgy in subSaharan Africa have historically had two components: one scientific, involving evaluation of the evidence for and chronology of iron metallurgy in comparison to other areas of the world, and the other political/cultural, involving evaluations of African societies' positioning in a global history of human technological achievement. References will for the most part be familiar to readers of Journal of African Archaeology, and many are noted in Zangato & Holl's article (this volume). So much for history: it is often easier to acknowledge the intrusion of political and cultural factors into scientific http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of African Archaeology Brill

Thoughts on É. Zangato & A.F.C. Holl’s “On the Iron Front”

Journal of African Archaeology , Volume 8 (1): 39 – Oct 25, 2010

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Brill
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© Copyright 2010 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1612-1651
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2191-5784
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10.3213/1612-1651-10159
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Thoughts on É. Zangato & A.F.C. Holl's "On the Iron Front" Scott MacEachern Many of the issues surrounding the particular archaeological occurrences described in this important article have already been noted, including the significant number of radiocarbon dates (especially from the complex Feature 6 at Ôboui) and the well-preserved state of iron artefacts and the implications of that preservation for claims of an early age for the site. Debate on this site will no doubt continue, but it may be worthwhile considering some aspects of the broader context. It is at this point widely acknowledged that debates on the origins and first uses of iron metallurgy in subSaharan Africa have historically had two components: one scientific, involving evaluation of the evidence for and chronology of iron metallurgy in comparison to other areas of the world, and the other political/cultural, involving evaluations of African societies' positioning in a global history of human technological achievement. References will for the most part be familiar to readers of Journal of African Archaeology, and many are noted in Zangato & Holl's article (this volume). So much for history: it is often easier to acknowledge the intrusion of political and cultural factors into scientific

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Published: Oct 25, 2010

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