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Mobile Technologies in the Ancient Sahara and Beyond

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Chloë N. Duckworth, Aurélie Cuénod, David J. Mattingly, Mario Liverani, Andrew Wilson, David J. Mattingly, Martin Sterry, Touatia Amraoui, Tyr Fothergill, Veerle Linseele, Silvia Valenzuela Lamas, Sonja Magnavita, Jane Humphris, Caroline Robion-Brunner, Peter Robertshaw, Thilo Rehren, Daniela Rosenow, Maria Carmela Gatto
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  • Date Published: October 2020
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108830546

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  • The ancient Sahara has often been treated as a periphery or barrier, but this agenda-setting book – the final volume of the Trans-Saharan Archaeology Series – demonstrates that it was teeming with technological innovations, knowledge transfer, and trade from long before the Islamic period. In each chapter, expert authors present important syntheses, and new evidence for technologies from oasis farming and irrigation, animal husbandry and textile weaving, to pottery, glass and metal making by groups inhabiting the Sahara and contiguous zones. Scientific analysis is brought together with anthropology and archaeology. The resultant picture of transformations in technologies between the third millennium BC and the second millennium AD is rich and detailed, including analysis of the relationship between the different materials and techniques discussed, and demonstrating the significance of the Sahara both in its own right and in telling the stories of neighbouring regions.

    • The first large-scale analysis of the archaeology of Saharan technological knowledge, change and innovation
    • Provides in-depth analyses of a range of technologies, including irrigation, animal husbandry, weaving, and pyrotechnologies, and considers the ways in which these different technologies interacted with one another
    • Blends previously unpublished results of scientific and archaeological analysis with their social interpretations
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    ‘Mobile Technologies in the Ancient Sahara and Beyond ranges far and wide. It serves as a nice capstone to the publications of the Trans-Sahara Project, and its chapters engage in dialogue with the essays in the earlier volumes. Every university library needs a copy, and everyone interested in the Sahara, or deserts more broadly, whether in antiquity or later, will find much to ruminate on.’ Gary Reger, American Journal of Archaeology

    ‘Thanks to a new and stimulating approach, this volume sheds light on both the history of techniques and technological know-how and the cultural history of non-European worlds.’ Stéphanie Guédon, Technology and Culture

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108830546
    • length: 400 pages
    • dimensions: 252 x 180 x 30 mm
    • weight: 1.2kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Debating Mobile Technologies Chloë N. Duckworth, Aurélie Cuénod and David J. Mattingly
    2. Technological Innovations Transfer Through the Hyper-Arid Belt Mario Liverani
    3. Diffusion of Irrigation Technologies in the Sahara Andrew Wilson, David J. Mattingly and Martin Sterry
    4. Crafts in Roman North Africa Touatia Amraoui
    5. Movement and Management of Animals from 1000 BC to AD 1000 B. Tyr Fothergill, Veerle Linseele and Silvia Valenzuela Lamas
    6. The Early History of Weaving in West Africa Sonja Magnavita
    7. Metalworking: A View from the Garamantian Oases Aurélie Cuénod
    8. Archaeometallurgical Record of Meroe in a Trans-Saharan Landscape Jane Humphris
    9. Meaning of the Variability in Ancient Ironworking in West Africa Caroline Robion-Brunner
    10. Shattering Illusions: Glass production and Trade Within Africa Chloë N. Duckworth
    11. Glass Beads in African Society Peter Robertshaw
    12. Three Millennia of Egyptian Glass Making Thilo Rehren and Daniela Rosenow
    13. Ceramic Technology: Trans-Saharan Perspectives Maria Carmela Gatto
    14. Concluding Discussion Chloë N. Duckworth, Aurélie Cuénod and David J. Mattingly

  • Editors

    C. N. Duckworth, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
    CHLOE N. DUCKWORTH is a Lecturer in Archaeological Materials Science at Newcastle University, specialising in the archaeology of technology, and particularly in the multidisciplinary investigation of ancient and medieval glasses, from experimental reconstruction of furnaces and glass objects, to the use of historical texts, to chemical and stylistic analysis.

    A. Cuénod, University of Leicester
    AURÉLIE CUÉNOD is an Honorary Visiting Fellow at the University of Leicester. Her research has focused on metal production and trade in the Pre-Islamic Sahara. She has in particular studied the metalworking evidence from Fazzan in Libya as a member of the Trans-SAHARA Project and participated to field and laboratory research on the metals of southern Morocco for the Middle Draa Project.

    D. J. Mattingly, University of Leicester
    DAVID J. MATTINGLY is Professor of Roman Archaeology at the University of Leicester. He has worked in the Sahara for forty years and is the author of many books and articles related to Saharan archaeology, such as Farming the Desert (2 vols, 1996), which won the James R. Wiseman book award of the American Institute of Archaeology, and The Archaeology of Fazzan series (4 vols, 2003–2013). He was the principal investigator of the European Research Council-funded Trans-SAHARA Project (2011–2017) which created the groundwork for this volume, and he is the overall series editor of Trans-Saharan Archaeology, in which this is the final instalment of four volumes.


    Chloë N. Duckworth, Aurélie Cuénod, David J. Mattingly, Mario Liverani, Andrew Wilson, David J. Mattingly, Martin Sterry, Touatia Amraoui, Tyr Fothergill, Veerle Linseele, Silvia Valenzuela Lamas, Sonja Magnavita, Jane Humphris, Caroline Robion-Brunner, Peter Robertshaw, Thilo Rehren, Daniela Rosenow, Maria Carmela Gatto

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