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Prehistory of the Western Sahara : a Synthesis of Fieldwork, 2002 To 2009.

Author: Jo Clarke; Nick Brooks
Publisher: Havertown : Oxbow Books, Limited, 2018.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Contrary to much perceived wisdom, the Sahara is a rich and varied tapestry of diverse environments that sustain an array of ecosystems.

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Clarke, Jo.
Prehistory of the Western Sahara : A Synthesis of Fieldwork, 2002 To 2009.
Havertown : Oxbow Books, Limited, ©2018
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jo Clarke; Nick Brooks
ISBN: 9781782971771 1782971777
OCLC Number: 1048786003
Notes: Discussion.
Description: 1 online resource (256 pages)
Contents: Cover; Book Title; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgements; List of Figures; List of Tables; List of Plates; Chapter 1: The Archaeology of Western Sahara in Context --
Joanne Clarke and Nick Brooks; Introduction; Aims and approach of this volume; Geopolitical context; The Western Sahara Project: history, context and aims; Previous archaeological and environmental research in Western Sahara; The archaeology of Western Sahara in regional context; Chapter 2: The Environmental Survey --
Sue J. McLaren, Nick Brooks, Helena White, Marijke van der Veen, Tony Gouldwell and Maria Guagnin; Introduction. Geology and topographyOverview; Northern Sector; Southern Sector; Present-day climate; Past climatic contexts; Holocene climate change in the Sahara; Palaeo-environmental indicators in the Project study areas; Results of environmental survey work; Approach and methodology; Results from the Northern Sector; Results from the Southern Sector; Discussion; Chapter 3: Typology of Stone Features --
Nick Brooks, Salvatore Garfi and Yves Gauthier; Introduction; Features, structures and monuments; Typologies of stone features; Morphological groups; Cairns; Falcate monuments ('Falcates'). Other types of stone featurePetroforms; Descriptions of stone features by groups and types; Cairns; Falcate monuments ('Falcates'); Petroforms; Other monument types; Chapter 4: The Extensive Survey --
Nick Brooks, Joanne Clarke, Yves Gauthier and Maria Guagnin; Introduction; Approach and methodology; Rationale and approach; Identifi cation of stone features using Google Earth imagery; Presentation of data; Results; Types and numbers of features recorded; Frequencies and distributions of stone features by morphological group and type; Use of quartz in association with stone features. Artefact concentrations (lithics and ceramics)Rock art; Discussion; Affi nities with the central Sahara; Regional innovation; Relative dating of monumental stone features; Differences between the Northern and Southern Sectors; Conclusions; Chapter 5: Intensive Survey --
Salvatore Garfi and Joanne Clarke; Introduction; Methods; Topography of the TF1 Study Area; Zone I: inselberg and pediment (central south); Zone II: dissected plain with tors (south); Zone III: rising and undulating ground (central north); Zone IV: dissected plain (north); Overview of archaeology; Differing landscapes. Other monument typesDiscussion; Relationship of monuments to the landscape; Patterns in monument types --
spatially and to do with associated features; Relationships with monuments farther afield; Description of monuments and artefact scatter sites from the TF1 Study Area noted in the text; Chapter 6: The Excavations --
Joanne Clarke, Vicky Winton and Alexander Wasse; Introduction; 2005 Excavations; WS023; WS024; Chipped stone from the vicinity of WS023 and WS024 (V. Winton); Degree of modifi cation and raw material reduction; Raw materials; Comparisons and interpretation; Dating of the tumuli.

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This book is an extremely interesting first step towards a better understanding of the archaeology of theWestern Sahara, and it is certainly worth reading. * Antiquity *

 
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