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The culture and technology of African iron production

Author: Peter R Schmidt
Publisher: Gainesville : University Press of Florida, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Archaeological and ethnographic investigations in western Tanzania in the 1970s revealed remarkable evidence for a complex and highly advanced iron technology that existed there several thousand years ago. Still, Western scientific and historical practice continues to obscure the history of iron technology and its accomplishments in Africa. Weaving together myth, ritual, history, and science, this work describes the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Kongreß
History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter R Schmidt
ISBN: 0813013844 9780813013848
OCLC Number: 32924009
Description: xviii, 338 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Cultural representations of African iron production / Peter R. Schmidt --
How old is the Iron Age in central Africa? / Pierre de Maret and G. Thiry --
The blooms of Banjeli : technology and gender in West African iron making / Candice L. Goucher & Eugenia W. Herbert --
Fipa ironworking and its technological style / Randi Barndon --
Reconfiguring the Barongo : reproductive symbolism and reproduction among a work association of iron smelters / Peter R. Schmidt --
Competition and change in two traditional African iron industries / Nicholas David & Ian Robertson --
Forging symbolic meaning in Zaire and Zimbabwe / S. Terry Childs & William J. Dewey --
Complex iron smelting and prehistoric culture in Tanzania / Peter R. Schmidt & Donald H. Avery --
Actualistic models for interpretation of two early Iron Age industrial sites in northwest Tanzania / Peter R. Schmidt & S. Terry Childs --
Use of preheated air in primitive furnaces : comment on views of Avery and Schmidt / J.E. Rehder --
Use of preheated air in ancient and recent African iron smelting furnaces : a reply to Rehder / Donald H. Avery & Peter R. Schmidt --
On claims for "advanced" ironworking technology in precolonial Africa / David Killick --
Preheating : practice or illusion? / Donald H. Avery & Peter R. Schmidt --
Technological history and culture in western Tanzania / S. Terry Childs.
Responsibility: edited by Peter R. Schmidt.

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Examining myth, ritual, history and science, this work describes the systems of smithing and iron smelting, that existed in Africa 2000-2500 years ago. It demonstrates that iron production is a  Read more...

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