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Aka-Farmer Relations in the Northwest Congo Basin

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dc.contributor.author Bahuchet, Serge
dc.contributor.author Guillaume, Henri
dc.contributor.editor Lee, Richard
dc.contributor.editor Leacock, Eleanor
dc.date.accessioned 2010-07-09T14:39:31Z
dc.date.available 2010-07-09T14:39:31Z
dc.date.issued 1982 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/5929
dc.description.abstract "For a variety of reasons, research carried out in central and southern Africa has long ignored the problem of contacts between the Later Stone Age populations of hunter-gatherers and the Iron Age peoples who brought techniques of food production, pottery-making and metallurgy. Recent archaeological research in Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe and more sophisticated methods of dating have begun to provide us with evidence on the antiquity of these contacts, dating in some cases to at least the beginning of the Christian era. The Co-existence of these two modes of existence has consisted not merely in a juxtaposition, but also has involved long-term exchange relations without technological assimilation. The antiquity and persistence of these relations compel us to perceive these foraging societies in a new light. Long assumed to have been on the fringe of history, these societies now appear to have been in contact, yet have nevertheless remained distinct. If some of them enable us to observe ancient forms of social and economic organization, they are by no means fossils of a prehistoric state, magically preserved. It is highly likely that centuries of proximity and contacts have had profound influences on both sides. From this viewpoint, it is clear that we must rely heavily on the findings of archdeology, linguistics and human biology for further insight. The case of the Aka Pygmies illustrates the extent of these contacts. It appears that the western equatorial forest fringe, where the Aka live, was penetrated by Savannah people as early as 2400-500 B.C. This colonization, which took the form of local and progressive migrations rather than a single massive move, was carried out by people, perhaps already Bantu, who made stone tools and pottery, and probably had techniques of food production." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.publisher Cambridge University en_US
dc.relation.ispartof Politics and History in Band Societies en_US
dc.subject hunters and gatherers en_US
dc.subject food supply en_US
dc.subject archaeology en_US
dc.title Aka-Farmer Relations in the Northwest Congo Basin en_US
dc.type Book Chapter en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region Africa en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.identifier.citationpages 189-211 en_US
dc.identifier.citationpubloc Cambridge, UK en_US

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