Historical and Dialectical Perspectives on the Archaeology of Complexity in the Siin-Saalum (Senegal): Back to the Future?

@article{Richard2009HistoricalAD,
  title={Historical and Dialectical Perspectives on the Archaeology of Complexity in the Siin-Saalum (Senegal): Back to the Future?},
  author={François Gilles Richard},
  journal={African Archaeological Review},
  year={2009},
  volume={26},
  pages={75-135}
}
  • F. Richard
  • Published 27 May 2009
  • History
  • African Archaeological Review
Drawing on recent critiques of evolutionism, this article reviews the history of Iron Age studies in Siin-Saalum (Senegal) to examine the construction of African archaeological knowledge. From the 19th century to the 1980’s, analyses of complexity in Senegal have been animated by developmentalist views that have portrayed the regional past as a stagnant backwater. In the past 25 years, however, archaeological research has sought to redress these inaccuracies by exploring the diversity and… 
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