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By Andrew M. Reid, Paul J. Lane

This quantity explores the variety of interactions among the historic resources and archaeology which are to be had at the African continent. The contributions, written by way of a number of specialists on diversified elements of African archaeology, current the underlying concerns such as:
- The clash and collaboration within the starting place of contemporary Africa;
- African buying and selling groups keeping their independence from Europe;
- The affects of the Atlantic slave trade.

This represents the 1st attention of historic archaeology over the African continent as an entire and as a result offers an incredible assessment for African archaeologists and historians. This seminal quantity additionally explores Africa's position in worldwide structures of idea and monetary improvement for historic archaeologists and historians alike.

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These have been used to reconstruct regional bureaucratic and religious hierarchies, genealogies and the 'career histories' of officials, and through the relationship of this 'provincial administration' with that of the Meroitic kingdom as a whole, to reconstruct state-level 46 David Edwards official organisation. In the near complete absence of comparable documents from the Meroitic core regions, this Lower Nubian evidence has come to be seen as particularly significant and informative. That many of the titles may also be linked, directly or indirectly with Egyptian prototypes, has further encouraged comparisons with Egyptian bureaucratic organisations (Torok 1979; 1987; Welsby 1996: 35-37) , as a possible model for the Meroitic kingdom.

This in tum might lead us to suggest that the regional history and archaeology of Lower Nubia cannot be studied in isolation, but must also be related to this wider context. At a fundamental level, the extremely inhospitable and marginal environment encountered here over the last 4,000 years should in itself remind us that vastly more productive environments, much more attractive to human settlement, were to be found in the Sahelian and Savannah landscapes to the south. While the prominent Pharaonic Egyptian and later northern interests in the region, and the historical records they generated, have provided us with an exceptional range of data, any interpretation of this material must be tempered by an awareness of the extent to which, in many respects, Lower Nubia was often peripheral to 'core' areas much further south.

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