H 245 x W 175 mm
Illustrated throughout in black & white with 9 colour plates
Published Jan 2019
This book is about how the author became an archaeologist at a time when opportunities for employment were rare and how he worked as a field researcher in West Africa and wrote about his work there.
Preface; 1. Restarting: March–September 1956; 2. Essays and excavations: Cambridge, October 1956–October 1959; 3. Lucky Jim: Cambridge, October 1959–October 1961; 4. A ‘first tour’ in Africa: October 1961–July 1962; 5. Rediscovering one’s own country: July–September 1962; 6. A Benin sequence and Borno reconnaissance: September 1962–June 1964; 7. A perfect summer: June–September 1964; 8. Getting to grips with Borno: October 1964–July 1965; 9. A long sequence at last: August 1965–June 1966; 10. Island refuge and Nigerian data analysis: July 1966–December 1966; 11. Borno again and work at Ibadan University: January–September 1967; 12. Civil war and analysing the Borno data: October 1967–September 1968; 13. War, analysis, and more excavation: October 1968–September 1969; 14. Adoption, writing, the war ends: October 1969–September 1970; 15. Study leave and goodbye to all that: October 1970–September 1971; References
Reading this book what surprises is the enormous amount of detail presented in it, textually as well as in figures and photographs. The documents from Connah’s excavations and fieldwork are a valuable addition to already published material, while the text passages are fun and exciting to read. ...[Connah’s] autobiography provides a fascinating insight into a personal life and career during the pioneering days of African archaeology.