The Burden of Tribalism: The Social Context of Southern African Iron Age Studies

  title={The Burden of Tribalism: The Social Context of Southern African Iron Age Studies},
  author={Martin Hall},
  journal={American Antiquity},
  pages={455 - 467}
  • M. Hall
  • Published 1 July 1984
  • History
  • American Antiquity
The study of the archaeology of farming communities in southern Africa is an inherently political activity but there has been little critical analysis of the role of social context in forming problems and in shaping answers. It is argued in this paper that the history of Iron Age research south of the Zambezi shows the prevalent influence of colonial ideologies, both in the earliest speculations about the nature of the African past and in the adaptations that have been made to contemporary… 

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