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Ethnoarchaeology of the Kel Tadrart Tuareg

Pastoralism and Resilience in Central Sahara

Authors: Biagetti, Stefano

  • Explores the Kel Tadrart interactions with natural resources, the settlement patterns, the campsite structures, and the formation of the pastoral archaeological landscape
  • This book fills an important gap in the research on the historical age in central Sahara and, in general, in the study of desert pastoralism
  • Focuses on the various facets of a surprisingly successful adaptation to an extremely arid environment in Libyan Sahara
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About this book

This book focuses on the issues of resilience and variability of desert pastoralists, explicitly challenging a set of traditional topics of the discourse around pastoralism in arid lands of the Old World. Based on a field research carried out on the Kel Tadrart Tuareg in Libya, various facets of a surprisingly successful adaptation to an extremely arid environment are investigated. By means of an ethnoarchaeological approach, explored are the Kel Tadrart interactions with natural resources, the settlement patterns, the campsite structures, and the formation of the pastoral archaeological landscape, focusing on variability and its causes. The resilience of the Kel Tadrart is the key to understand the reasons of their choice to stay and live in the almost rainless Acacus Mountains, in spite of strong pressure to sedentarize in the neighboring oases. Through the collection of the interviews, participant observation, mapping of inhabited and abandoned campsites, remote sensing, and archival sources, various and different Kel Tadrart strategies, perceptions, and material cultures are examined. This book fills an important gap in the ethnoarchaeological research in central Sahara and in the study of desert pastoralism.​ Desert lands are likely to increase over the next decades but, our knowledge of human adaptations to these areas of the world is still patchy and generally biased by the idea that extremely arid lands are not suited for human occupation.​

About the authors

Stefano Biagetti (Ph.D. 2012 Institute of Archaeology, University College London) is an ethnoarchaeologist who has been involved in Saharan studies since 2002. He was research fellow at the ‘Sapienza’ University of Rome (until November 2012), studying the development of pastoralism in SW Libya, from prehistory to current societies. He is currently fellow of ‘The Italian Society for Ethnoarchaeology’ (Rome). In 2014 he has been awarded of a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship to be held (from October 2014) at the Complexity and Socio-Ecological Dynamics Research Group (CaSEs, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona), focusing on the study of resilience in arid lands, and on the variability of pastoralism in marginal environments. He has published in major journals such as Nature, Journal of African Archaeology, Journal of Arid Environments, Azania, and African Archaeological Review.

Reviews

“The volume will be of broad interest to practitioners and researchers engaged with both the past and present of pastoralist lifeways. It will be of particular interest to those working in ethnoarchaeology and archaeology more generally, and not just those interested in the Saharan record. … The volume is a significant achievement and presents a very useful and insightful study on the adaptability and resilience of the Tuareg pastoral community to this harsh and arid environment.” (Robin Bendrey, Pastoralism, Vol. 5, June, 2015)


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Research Objectives, Materials and Methods

    Biagetti, Stefano

    Pages 1-14

  • The Environment

    Biagetti, Stefano

    Pages 15-25

  • The Kel Tadrart Tuareg: Ethnohistorical and Ethnographic Background

    Biagetti, Stefano

    Pages 27-41

  • The Regional Level of Analysis

    Biagetti, Stefano

    Pages 43-61

  • Site Specific Analysis: Composition and Layout

    Biagetti, Stefano

    Pages 63-98

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eBook $39.99
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Softcover $54.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-08529-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ethnoarchaeology of the Kel Tadrart Tuareg
Book Subtitle
Pastoralism and Resilience in Central Sahara
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Archaeology
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-08530-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-08530-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-08529-6
Series ISSN
1861-6623
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 154
Number of Illustrations and Tables
9 b/w illustrations, 56 illustrations in colour
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