Mapungubwe Reconsidered: A Living Legacy : Exploring Beyond the Rise and Decline of the Mapungubwe State by Michelle Hay, David Pearce, Rachel Browne, Sekibakiba Peter Lekgoathi, Amanda Esterhuysen, Otsile Ntsoane, Jeanette Smith, Karim Sadr, Maanda Mulaudzi, Alex Schoeman (Paperback, 2015)
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- DescriptionThe Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape is one of the profound treasures of southern Africa's social and archaeological history, appropriately declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) in 2003. Contained within this landscape is indispensable information on precolonial state formation, social hierarchies, architecture of stone-walled towns, mineral processing and intercontinental trade. And yet, the Mapungubwe state rose, towered over its environs, and then declined - long before European colonial incursions. What exactly were the social dynamics in this polity? What techlogies did it utilise? How did it relate to neighbouring communities and to societies further afield? Indeed, why was this 'civilization' unable to sustain itself? Mapungubwe Reconsidered: A Living Legacy contributes to the body of kwledge about Mapungubwe, straddling such issues as the relationships between humans and the environment, management of mineral endowments and the form and impact of southern Africa's global intercourse in this historical period. Beyond these issues are profound social constructs about state legitimacy, quality of leadership, social stratification, gender relations and the consequences of material self-gratification. The book combines methodologies of archaeology, political science, ecomic history and international relations to weave, in a unique way, a storyline that enriches current kwledge on the history of southern Africa.
- Author BiographyRachel Browne has a Master's in Developmental Management from the School of Public and Developmental Management at the University of the Witwatersrand. Dr Shadreck Chirikure obtained his BA and Honours degrees from the University of Zimbabwe. Prof Peter Deliushas several books to his name, including: The Land Belongs to Us, The Conversion, Putting a Plough to the Ground 1850-1930 and Mpumalanga: An Illustrated History. Amanda Esterhuysen is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of the Witwatersrand. Dr Simon Hall is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology at UCT. Michelle Hay is Associate Lecturer in History at the University of the Witwatersrand. Sekibakiba Peter Lekgoathi is an associate professor of history at the University of the Witwatersrand.
- Author(s)Alex Schoeman,Amanda Esterhuysen,David Pearce,Jeanette Smith,Karim Sadr,Maanda Mulaudzi,Michelle Hay,Otsile Ntsoane,Rachel Browne,Sekibakiba Peter Lekgoathi
- PublisherReal African Publishers Pty Ltd
- Date of Publication01/08/2015
- Place of PublicationJohannesburg
- Country of PublicationSouth Africa
- ImprintReal African Publishers Pty Ltd
- Weight315 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine10 mm
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