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Historical Archaeology

, Volume 52, Issue 1, pp 215–217 | Cite as

A Slave Who Would be King: Oral Tradition and Archaeology of the Recent Past in the Upper Senegal River Basin

Jeffrey H. Altschul, Ibrahima Thiaw, and Gerald Wait, Archaeopress, Oxford, UK, 2016. 314 pp., 142 color plates. £60.00 paper, £19.00 e-book
  • Sean H. Reid
Book Review

When resources are responsibly allocated under national and international regulatory frameworks, immense opportunities are created for archaeological and historical research. These opportunities, created along the intersections of international development and cultural resources management, can provide both jobs and interesting, productive research outcomes in regions where archaeological resources have yet to be subjected to detailed investigation. Indeed, it is the case that in many regions of West Africa, we still lack basic understandings of human occupation, chronology, and artifact assemblages.

In A Slave Who Would be King: Oral Tradition and Archaeology of the Recent Past in the Upper Senegal River Basin,Jeffrey H. Altschul, Ibrahima Thiaw, and Gerald Wait provide an excellent study of cultural heritage and archaeological resources around the towns affected by a mining concession in eastern Senegal. This research, named the Sabodala Cultural Heritage Program (SCHP), was...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anthropology, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public AffairsSyracuse UniversitySyracuseU.S.A.

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