Reclaiming a ‘Confiscated’ Past
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Conditioned by local ways of knowing and doing, Great Zimbabwe develops a new interpretation of the famous World Heritage site of Great Zimbabwe.
It combines archaeological knowledge, including recent material from the author’s excavations, with native concepts and philosophies. Working from a large data set has made it possible, for the first time, to develop an archaeology of Great Zimbabwe that is informed by finds and observations from the entire site and wider landscape. In so doing, the book strongly contributes towards decolonizing African and world archaeology. Written in accessible manner, the book is aimed at undergraduate students, graduate students and practicing archaeologists both in Africa and across the globe.
The book will also make contributions to the broader field such as African Studies, African History and World Archaeology through its emphasis on developing synergies between local ways of knowing and the archaeology.
Table of Contents
PART I: LEARNING, RELEARNING AND UNLEARNING GREAT ZIMBABWE
Chapter 1: Unveiling a ‘confiscated’ past
Chapter 2: Background to ‘Shona concepts’ and the Great Zimbabwe nyika (territory) Chapter 3: Biography of Great Zimbabwe: late 18th to 20th centuries
Chapter 4: Chronology of Great Zimbabwe: relative, absolute and integrated
PART II: OBJECTS, THEIR CONTEXT AND MEANING
Chapter 5: Misha nedzimba: on households and homesteads
Chapter 6: Hari, or pottery
Chapter 7: Crafts, science, technology, and innovation
Chapter 8: Exotics: fame, prestige and value
PART III: INTERPRETING GREAT ZIMBABWE USING NATIVE COSMOLOGIES AND WAYS OF KNOWING
Chapter 9: Rise and decline: resilience of Great Zimbabwe
Chapter 10: Urbanism and statehood
Chapter 11: ‘Reclaimed’ Great Zimbabwe in a wider context: from Egyuptian pyramids to decolonised global pasts
Shadreck Chirikure is a Professor of Archaeology, Director of the Archaeological Materials Laboratory and a former Head of the Department of Archaeology at the University of Cape Town.