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Great Zimbabwe
Reclaiming a ‘Confiscated’ Past



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ISBN 9780367409999
November 30, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
360 Pages - 67 B/W Illustrations

 
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Book Description

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

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Biography

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.