Foraging bands were the quintessential form of human social organization for most of prehistory. Current arguments rage on the genesis of the contemporary descendants of these hunter-gatherers and their applicability to our understanding of lifeways before agriculture and domestication of animals. Sibel Barut Kusimba addresses this debate by synthesizing the archaeological evidence in Africa from the Middle Stone Age to the present, where the greatest time depth of foraging cultures can be traced. She develops a comprehensive picture of these foundational human societies, their social and technological adaptations to environmental conditions, and the impact of interaction from later economic systems on their lifeways. The book should be of importance to both cultural and archaeological anthropologists and their students.
Sibel Kusimba is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Lawrence University and an Adjunct Curator of Anthropology at the Field Museum in Chicago.
Chapter 1 List of Figures, Maps and Tables Chapter 2 Foreword by Joseph O. Vogel Chapter 3 Preface Chapter 4 Chapter 1: Monuments of the Past Chapter 5 Chapter 2: Human Landscapes Chapter 6 Chapter 3: Humans, Tool Makers Chapter 7 Chapter 4: Hunters, Gatherers, and a Social Universe Chapter 8 Chapter 5: The Emergence of the Hunter-Gatherer Chapter 9 Chapter 6: Microlithic Episodes Chapter 10 Chapter 7: Preludes to the Neolithic Chapter 11 Chapter 8: Twilight of the Hunterers-Gatherers Chapter 12 Appendix: Nelson Bay Cave, Lukenya Hill, and Kisio Rockshelter Chapter 13 Bibliography Chapter 14 Author Index Chapter 15 Subject Index Chapter 16 About the Author