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The Archaeology of the West Coast of South Africa

Antonieta Jerardino, Antonia Malan and David Braun
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179pp, Illustrated throughout
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Cambridge Monographs in African Archaeology, 84
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This work presents contributions from South African, European, and North American authors working in academic and governmental institutions. Chapters provide latest regional syntheses and discuss diverse topics, such as Acheulean hominin behaviour, Holocene hunter-gatherer subsistence, settlement patterns and land use patterns, human impact on marine environments and resource intensification, herder/ forager culture contact, physical anthropological studies, the impact of colonialism in developing new social and economic responses, and heritage management. A final chapter by Jon Erlandson discusses these contributions within a wider international context.

‘For me, while this excellent volume provides solid information on the terminal Pleistocene, prehistoric Holocene and post-contact historical record of the Atlantic coast of South Africa, it also takes some of the mystique out of South African archaeology. In so doing, this is a volume that any coastal prehistorian should be comfortable with and find useful…this volume can be easily recommended to anyone interested in prehistoric coastal adaptations worldwide.’ Terry L. Jones, Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa, 49:4, 2014