The Archaeology of Sub-Saharan Africa

Innocent Pikirayi

in The Oxford Handbook of Archaeology

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780199271016
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology

The Archaeology of Sub-Saharan Africa


This article provides an overview of sub-Saharan Africa's past from the Plio-Pleistocene era to the modern era, a period of more than 4 million years. It aims to present a synthesis of African prehistory in order to demonstrate the richness and complexity of its past and its relevance for the wider global picture. It explains that as sub-Saharan Africa enters the twenty-first century its archaeology faces new challenges and the biggest challenge for sub-Saharan archaeology is latent political instability, underdevelopment, poverty, and more recently HIV/AIDS.

Keywords: Sub-Saharan Africa; Plio-Pleistocene; African prehistory; political instability; poverty; HIV/AIDS

Article.  16647 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Archaeology of Africa

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