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Archäologische Untersuchungen zur eisenzeitlichen Besiedlungsgeschichte des nordwestlichen Kongobeckens

Dirk Seidensticker

Der Regenwald Zentralafrikas bildet einen einzigartigen Naturraum, der nur scheinbar undurchdringlich ist. Die weitverzweigten Flusssysteme bilden nicht nur das Rückgrat für die archäologische Erforschung des Kongobeckens, sondern eröffnen auch Kenntnisse über seine präkoloniale Besiedlungsgeschichte. Erstmals werden die Fundstellen entlang der Flüsse Ubangi, Lua, Sangha, Ngoko und Likwala-aux-Herbes (River Reconnaissance Project, 1985-87) detailliert vorgelegt. Für die Rekonstruktion des Besiedlungsgangs der Region sind Keramikgefäße von über 120 Fundstellen von großer Bedeutung und werden neben grundlegenden Untersuchungen zur Töpfereitechnologie stilistisch gegliedert. Die hierbei beschriebenen keramischen Stilgruppen bilden den Grundstock für eine regionalen und überregionale Rekonstruktion der Besiedlungsgeschichte des Kongobeckens.


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Band 15: Human-Made Environments

The Development of Landscapes as ResourceAssemblages

Bartelheim, Martin (Autor / Autorin) / Sanjuán, Leonardo García (Autor / Autorin) / Hardenberg, Roland (Autor / Autorin)

Landscapes bear traces of the use of resources over long periods. These reflect not only ways of using, shaping, organising, controlling and exchanging resources, but also knowledge, perceptions, motivations for actions and related social dynamics. Resources can be material as well as immaterial and constitute the basis for the development and decline of societies. They are usually not exploited in isolation, but as parts of complexes whose specific constellation in time and space can be best described as assemblages. This topic was the subject of the session ‘Human-Made Environments: The Development of Landscapes as Resource Assemblages’ held at the 24th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists (Barcelona, 5–8 September 2018) and forms the basis of this volume. The general purpose is a debate on new concepts of the interrelation of social dynamics and resource use and a discussion of case studies in which landscapes were shaped to facilitate the utilisation of resources. The identification of what has been considered to be a resource is discussed as well as the means through which the corresponding landscapes were transformed and the results of these transformations. This implies not only material, but also spiritual aspects linked to the exploitation of resources. Since ResourceAssemblages are products of historical evolution and mutual relations the mechanisms of these processes are of great significance. Supreme aspects comprise the detection of a conscious human formation of landscapes in order to suit the exploitation of resources, the connected social practices as well as socio-cultural dynamics linked to the use of resources..

ISBN (online): 978-3-947251-46-9
ISBN (print): 978-3-947251-45-2
196 Seiten, Hardcover, 300 mm x 220 mm
58,82 EUR

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Band 14: Indigenous Knowledge as a Resource: Transmission, Reception, and Interaction of Knowledge between the Americas and Europe, 1492-1800

El conocimiento indígena como recurso: Transmisión, recepción e interacción del conocimiento entre América y Europa, 1492–1800

Dierksmeier, Laura; Fechner, Fabian; Takeda, Kazuhisa

Since antiquity, knowledge has often been juxtaposed with opinion. Whereas opinion commonly refers to subjective perceptions and viewpoints, knowledge is typically intended to represent objective and verifiable propositions. On this view, knowledge per se claims a universal dimension in that it pretends to be approvable through the reason of everyone, everywhere. This universal aspect of the concept of knowledge stands in marked contrast to cultures of local knowledge, where the generation of knowledge is dependent on specific times and places. These divergent aspects came into conflict when Indigenous knowledge was contested by Europeans and likewise, Indigenous challenges to European knowledge occurred. Based on religious, linguistic, demographic, and cultural disparities, knowledge operative in one context was adapted, manipulated, reframed, or dismissed as spurious or heretical in another framework. This book focuses on historical examples of Indigenous knowledge from 1492 until circa 1800, with contributions from the fields of history, art history, geography, anthropology, and archaeology.

ISBN (online): 978-3-947251-44-5
ISBN (print): 978-3-947251-43-8
310 Seiten, Hardcover, 297 mm x 210 mm
59,50 EUR

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„Religion in der Kultur — Kultur in der Religion“: Burkhard Gladigows Beitrag zum Paradigmenwechsel in der Religionswissenschaft

Hrsg.: Christoph Auffarth; Alexandra Grieser; Anne Koch

This collection of essays introduces a key thinker of the cultural studies‘ approach to the academic study of religion in the Germanic tradition. The authors explore the pioneering work of Burkhard Gladigow and a group of scholars in and around the University of Tübingen as a hub for these new developments. By explaining core concepts and their reception and by thinking them further in the light of current debates they demonstrate how the new constellation of questions and epistemological standards Gladigow has offered are relevant for the future of the study of religion across different academic cultures.

ISBN (online): 978-3-947251-42-1
ISBN (print): 978-3-947251-41-4
420 Seiten, Hardcover, 240 mm x 170 mm
40,90 EUR

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Human-elephant interactions: From past to present

Hrsg.: George E. Konidaris, Ran Barkai, Vangelis Tourloukis, Katerina Harvati

In recent decades, a significant number of Pleistocene (ca. 2.6 million years–10,000 years ago) open-air and cave sites yielding elephant or mammoth bones in direct association with hominin remains and/or lithic artifacts have been discovered in Eurasia, Africa and America. Many of them show strong evidence of acquisition and processing of proboscidean carcasses by early humans, leading scientists to interpret them as “elephant butchering sites”. Indeed, proboscidean exploitation by early Homo has been proposed to have been critical for Palaeolithic human lifeways, influencing not only their subsistence, but also other aspects of early human evolution and adaptations. The nature and degree of interactions between humans and elephants comprises an important field in palaeoanthropological studies since decades, but many questions remain still unanswered or partially explored. By bringing together research papers from the fields of Palaeolithic Archaeology, Palaeoanthropology, Palaeontology, Zooarchaeology, Geology, Ethnography and Nutrition Studies, the book systematically covers a diverse array of perspectives on elephant-human interactions across the world from the Pleistocene times until today. The volume includes 19 contributions and is organized into four thematic sections: 1) The Palaeolithic record, 2) A view of the evidence, 3) Elephants in past human nutrition, and 4) Ethnography – Human-elephant interactions in recent Africa. Collectively, the volume not only showcases the current state of knowledge, but also intends to provoke renewed interest for current and further research, and build an interdisciplinary and synthetic understanding of the significance of proboscideans throughout human evolution.

ISBN (online): 978-3-947251-49-0
ISBN (print): 978-3-947251-33-9
398 Seiten, Hardcover, 297 mm x 210 mm
89,90 EUR

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