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Windows on the African Past. Current Approaches to African Archaeobotany. By Ahmed G. Fahmy, Stefanie Kahlheber & Catherine D’Andrea (eds.). Reports in African Archaeology 3. Africa Magna Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, 2011, 242 pp. ISBN 978-3-937248-32-5. € 49.80 (Paperback).

Windows on the African Past. Current Approaches to African Archaeobotany. By Ahmed G. Fahmy,... In terms of the study of past human plant use and archaeological plant remains, Africa is the least studied continent. A new volume on African archaeobotany is therefore a welcome addition to a small but growing literature. The volume under review is an edited volume of studies in African archaeobotany, drawing on a selection of contributions presented at the 6th International Workshop of African Archaeobotany (IWAA), a conference held every three years. The sixth conference was held in Cairo in 2009, the first time on the African continent and outside of Europe. This volume is timely and was published two years after the conference, ahead of the ill-fated publication of the previous London meeting. Edited volumes arising from conferences seem to be under increasing pressure as current academic demands push scholars to publish more in journals and publishers are increasingly worried about sales of such volumes. Nevertheless volumes such as this have an important place as markers of the progress in a discipline, in which it is essential for new researchers to get to grips with where the field has gotten to. This is certainly the case here where the 13 chapters published provide a reasonably representative cross-section http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of African Archaeology Brill

Windows on the African Past. Current Approaches to African Archaeobotany. By Ahmed G. Fahmy, Stefanie Kahlheber & Catherine D’Andrea (eds.). Reports in African Archaeology 3. Africa Magna Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, 2011, 242 pp. ISBN 978-3-937248-32-5. € 49.80 (Paperback).

Journal of African Archaeology , Volume 11 (1): 119 – Oct 25, 2013

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© Copyright 2013 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1612-1651
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2191-5784
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10.3213/2191-5784-10226
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In terms of the study of past human plant use and archaeological plant remains, Africa is the least studied continent. A new volume on African archaeobotany is therefore a welcome addition to a small but growing literature. The volume under review is an edited volume of studies in African archaeobotany, drawing on a selection of contributions presented at the 6th International Workshop of African Archaeobotany (IWAA), a conference held every three years. The sixth conference was held in Cairo in 2009, the first time on the African continent and outside of Europe. This volume is timely and was published two years after the conference, ahead of the ill-fated publication of the previous London meeting. Edited volumes arising from conferences seem to be under increasing pressure as current academic demands push scholars to publish more in journals and publishers are increasingly worried about sales of such volumes. Nevertheless volumes such as this have an important place as markers of the progress in a discipline, in which it is essential for new researchers to get to grips with where the field has gotten to. This is certainly the case here where the 13 chapters published provide a reasonably representative cross-section

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Published: Oct 25, 2013

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