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African Art & Architecture research guide
An extensive guide maintained by Ruth Thomas, Boston University; check OBIS for items listed on the guide.
Country Studies. Library of Congress
Useful for background information on a country, each is written by a multidisciplinary team of social scientists using accepted standards of scholarly objectivity. Published by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress.
Ethnologue: Languages of the World This link opens in a new window
A complete catalog of all of the world's known living languages. Researchers can browse by region or country or search for a language, and find out where it is spoken, the number of speakers, the language's classification and related languages, and the current status of the language on a scale that indicates to what extent the language is thriving, developing, endangered or dying.
The Oxford Handbook of African Archaeology by
A comprehensive synthesis of African archaeology, from the beginnings of human evolution to the archaeological legacy of European colonialism including almost all periods and regions of the continent.
Africa is where Homo sapiens arose, novel experiments in food-production were developed, unique trajectories to urbanism developed including the organization of large communities structured beyond hierarchical lines. Millennia of engagement confirm Africa's active participation in the construction of the modern world, while the richness of its history, ethnography, and linguistics provide unusually powerful opportunities for constructing interdisciplinary narratives of Africa's past.
The Oxford Handbook of Caribbean Archaeology by
An overview of archaeological research in the insular Caribbean -- the islands surrounding the Caribbean Sea and the islands of the Bahama Archipelago. Though never isolated from the mainland, each island developed its own diverse and distinctive culture. Since the early 1990s Caribbean archaeology shifted from reconstructing cultural histories to exploring the mobility and exchange revealed in cultural and social dynamics.
1. Introduction to Caribbean Archaeology. 2. Ethnohistory: The diverse cultural practices expressed. 3. Culture History: local practices and cross-cultural engagements. 4. Creating History: specific issues in Caribbean archaeology. 5. World History: the consequences of European colonization.
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