Ethnoarchaeology of Shuwa-Arab Settlements demonstrates the imperative need for ethnoarchaeology to include a deep sense of the history of the specific social group under analysis for its findings to truly impact archaeological thinking. Based on research from a long-term archaeological and ethnoarchaeological project conducted in the northernmost part of Cameroon, Augustin Holl's new work probes the ethnic survival of the Shuwa-Arab descendants of generations of pastoralists who migrated from Arabia to the Chad basin. The book robustly engages macro issues connected to processes of sedentarization, ethnic interaction in a multi-ethnic setting, and relations of power and dominion. On the micro level the work deciphers clues for the cultural survival and later prosperity of the Shuwa-Arab hidden in the material record of their daily settlement life. This book will be of great interest to students of African history, African studies, archaeology, ethnoarchaeology, and ethnic and cultural studies seeking to understand how to successfully integrate history into the interpretation of the archaeological record.
Augustin F. C. Holl is Professor of Anthropology and Afroamerican & African Studies at the University of Michigan and a curator at the University of Michigan's Museum of Anthropology. He the author of The Diwan Revisited: Literacy, State Formation, and the Rise of Kanuri Domination (AD 1200-1600) (2000) and (with M. S. Bisson, S. T. Childs, and P. de Barros) Ancient African Metallurgy: The Sociocultural Context (AltaMira, 2000)
Part 1 Introduction: An Idea of Ethnoarchaeology Part 2 History, People, and Land Chapter 3 A Brief History of Shuwa-Arab Expansion Chapter 4 The Study Area: Land, People, and Settlements Part 5 Semi-Permanent Settlements Chapter 6 The Southern Settlement Group Chapter 7 The Western Settlement Group Chapter 8 Two Northern Settlements Part 9 Dry Season Camps Chapter 10 The Amachita Camps Cluster Chapter 11 The Agedipse Camps Cluster Part 12 Permanent Settlements Chapter 13 Abouzrega Chapter 14 Djidat I Chapter 15 Djidat II Chapter 16 Marafaine Part 17 Patterns and Trends Chapter 18 Location Tactics, Space Allocation, and Sites Structure Chapter 19 Patterns in the Material Record Chapter 20 Patterns of Subsistence and Production Part 21 Conclusion: Toward a Shuwa-Arab Polity?