Early West African Metallurgies: New Data and Old Orthodoxy

  title={Early West African Metallurgies: New Data and Old Orthodoxy},
  author={Augustin Ferdinand Charles Holl},
  journal={Journal of World Prehistory},
  • A. F. Holl
  • Published 6 November 2009
  • History
  • Journal of World Prehistory
The debate on West African metallurgies cannot be properly understood without reference to the colonial template that featured Africa as the receiving partner in all crucial social, economic, and technological development. The interesting debate that took place in West Africa during the Colonial Period was more meta-theoretical than factual. These conflicting glosses, despite their lack of empirical foundations, have constrained the nature of archaeological research and oversimplified the… 
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