1. Introduction; 2. The emergence of humankind in Africa; 3. The consolidation of basic human culture; 4. Regional diversification and specialisation; 5. The beginnings of permanent settlement; 6. Early farmers; 7. Iron-using peoples before 1000; 8. The second millennium AD in Sub-Saharan Africa; Bibliography.
This 2005 book provides the only comprehensive and up-to-date examination of African archaeology.
David W. Phillipson FBA is Professor of African Archaeology and Director of the Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. He is a Fellow of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge.
' ... an important updated summary and synthesis of our knowledge
of Africa's distant past and Phillipson deserves to be
congratulated for this undertaking. It provides a ready and
readable reference source for students and the layman interested in
the archaeology and prehistory of Africa ... Phillipson's important
achievement here is to bring together as much of the research
material as possible into a single book, accompanying this with his
own interpretation of the various types of evidence based on his
long experience in research and writing in African archaeology.'
Journal of African Archaeology
"...a work that fulfills its primary role as a college-level text perfectly. In addition, it provides a literate introduction to African prehistory that is accessible to both the educated public and to those scholars in the historical and social sciences who seek a solid grounding in the evolution of African culture without being overwhelmed by the detail of site reports." International Journal of African Historical Studies