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H 276 x W 203 mm

240 pages

Illustrated throughout in colour and black & white (60 plates in colour)

Published Nov 2018

Archaeopress Access Archaeology


Paperback: 9781784917128

Digital: 9781784917135

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Maritime; Afria; Archaeology; East Africa; Western Indian Ocean

Early Maritime Cultures in East Africa and the Western Indian Ocean

Papers from a conference held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (African Studies Program) 23-24 October 2015, with additional contributions

Edited by Akshay Sarathi

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This volume represents a multi-disciplinary effort to examine East Africa and the Western Indian Ocean. Multiple lines of evidence drawn from linguistics, archaeology, history, art history, and ethnography come together in novel ways to highlight different aspects of the region’s past and offer innovative avenues for future research.



Prehistoric Settlements on the Red Sea Coast of Eritrea – by Amanuel Beyin and Daniella E. Bar-Yosef Mayer; Interdisciplinary Approaches to Stratifying the Peopling of Madagascar – by Roger Blench; From the Red Sea to the Indian Ocean and Beyond – by Sing C. Chew; A Tradition of Large Logboats on the Save River, South-Eastern Zimbabwe? – by Rosanne Hawarden; Ancient Connections between China and East Africa – by Chapurukha Kusimba; On the Early Maritime Silk Road between China and India – by Wensuo Liu and Yanrong Wang; Australia’s Kilwa Coins Conundrum – by Ian S. McIntosh; Asian Military and Mercantile Movements in East Africa during the Nineteenth Century, a Few Notes – by Beatrice Nicolini; Zilo and Zahula – by Harriet Joseph Ottenheimer; Traditional Indian Ocean Maritime Trade and Social Organization – by Martin Ottenheimer; Shellfish Exploitation at Kuumbi Cave, Zanzibar (c. 11kya – 20th cen. CE): A Preliminary Study – by Akshay Sarathi; Artistic Dynamics across the Seas – by Vera-Simone Schulz; Long-Distance Arab Sailing in the Indian Ocean before the Portuguese – by Marina Tolmacheva

About the Author

AKSHAY SARATHI is a graduate student of Archaeology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests include the zooarchaeology of maritime adaptations, Indian Ocean trade and exchange, and East African coastal archaeology. More specifically, his current research project focuses on the island of Zanzibar, where he has excavated the sites of Unguja Ukuu, Kizimkazi Dimbani, and Kuumbi Cave. Data from these sites will form the basis of his dissertation, which will examine how dietary preferences changed over time at each site in response to various stimuli over time. He currently resides in Madison, WI (USA) with his two feline overlords.


'Overall the book represents a useful resource for those interested in understanding the role of East Africa and the Red Sea in global networks, acknowledges the contribution of hinterland communities in the success of these exchanges, and documents how these networks can be examined from different perspectives.'

'Ultimately, the editor should be commended for pulling together a diverse and compelling collection of chapters. So, too, should Archaeopress be commended for the Access Archaeology initiative, which enables such eclectic volumes to find a publisher and a readership.'