Roger Blench: Papers in African Archaeology and prehistory

 

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Title of paper

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n.d.

The role of disease in African prehistory.

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2015

Reconstructing the history of African crops: the contribution of linguistics and archaeology. Kyoto, 15.00,  2nd February, 2015. Kyoto University of African and Asian Studies. Powerpoint

Presented

 

 

 

2014

Filthy lucre: a physical history of African money. Powerpoint presented at the African Archaeology Research Day, Bristol, 21st November, 2015.

Presented

 

 

 

2014

The linguistic prehistory of the Sahara. Presented at the conference The Trans-Sahara project: State Formation, Migration and Trade in the Central Sahara (1000 BC - AD 1500). Burials, migration, identity: Wednesday 30th April 2014 Friday 2nd May 2014. School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester. Volume edited by D. Mattingley. Cambridge University Press.

Paper in press

Powerpoint

 

 

 

2014

Sorghum in Africa and onwards around the world: the contribution of linguistics to understanding its spread. Powerpoint given at the Institute of Archaeology London, 23rd June, 2014.

Presentation

 

 

 

2013

Reconceptualising the palaeozoogeography of the Sahara and the dispersal of Early Modern Humans. Nick A. Drake & Roger Blench. Paper presented at the Fyssen Conference ‘From Colonisation to Globalisation: Species Movements in Human History’, Paris 4-7th October 2013. To be published in a volume edited by M. Petraglia, N. Boivin. Springer

In press

 

 

 

2013

Linguistic and cultural background to the North Bauchi region and the Wiihə people. Chapter for: The excavations at Kariya Wuro. Philip Allsworth-Jones ed. Journal of African Archaeology Monograph

Published

 

 

 

n.d.

Sibling names and the Kongo origins of Marie-Therèse Coincoin, an African plantation owner in colonial Louisiana. Draft paper by MacDonald, Blench, Mills & Morgan

For submission

 

 

 

2014

Using diverse sources of evidence for reconstructing the prehistory of musical exchanges in the Indian Ocean and their broader significance for cultural prehistory. African Archaeological Review, DOI 10.1007/s10437-014-9178-z

Published

 

 

 

2014

Theory, methods and results in the reconstruction of African music history. Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa, 48(1):31-64.

Published

 

 

 

2014

African agricultural tools: implications of synchronic ethnography for agrarian history. In: Archaeology of African plant use. C.J. Stevens S. Nixon, M.A. Murray & D.Q. Fuller eds. 243-257. Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press.

Published

 

 

 

2014

Linguistic evidence for the chronological stratification of populations South of Lake Chad. In: Les échanges et la communication dans le basin du Lac Tchad. S. Baldi and G. Magrin eds. 395-420.  Naples: Università degli Studi di Napoli L’Orientale. Paper presented at the Mega-Tchad Colloquium, Naples, September 13-15, 2012.Also Powerpoint

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2013

Language, linguistics and archaeology; their integration in the study of African prehistory. Chapter for the Oxford Handbook Of African Archaeology. Peter Mitchell & Paul Lane (eds). 49-64. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Published

 

 

 

2012

African crop history from the perspective of linguistics. SAFA, Toronto, 18th  June, 2012

Presented

 

 

 

2012

Reconstructing African agrarian prehistory by combining different sources of evidence: methodological considerations and examples for West African economic plants. Proceedings of the 7th International Workshop on African Archaeobotany, Vienna, 2-5th July, 2012. U. Thanheiser ed.

In press

 

 

 

2012

African pottery –why archaeologists don’t get it. Powerpoint for the African Archaeological Research Days. Southampton, November 3-4, 2012.

Presented

 

 

 

2012

Finger-millet: the contribution of vernacular names towards its prehistory. Archaeological and Anthropological sciences. DOI 10.1007/s12520-012-0103-6

Published

 

 

 

2012

Vernacular names for African millets and other minor cereals  and their significance. Archaeological and Anthropological sciences. DOI 10.1007/s12520-012-0104-5

Published

 

 

 

2012

The contribution of vernacular names for pearl millet to its early history in Africa and Asia. Paper for journal submission.

In review

 

 

 

2012

The Semiticisation of the Arabian Peninsula and the Problem of its Reflection in the Archaeological Record. In: Navigated Spaces, Connected Places: Proceedings of Red Sea Project V held at the University of Exeter, 16–19 September 2010. Dionisius A. Agius, John P. Cooper, Athena Trakadas, Chiara Zazzaro eds. 65-73. British Foundation for the Study of Arabia Monographs No. 12. Oxford: Archaeopress.

Published

 

 

 

2012

Understanding Nigerian prehistory through its linguistic geography. In: Advances in Minority Language Research in Nigeria, Volume I. Roger Blench & Stuart McGill eds. Köln: Rüdiger Köppe. pp. 19-38.

Published

 

 

 

2012

Two vanished African maritime traditions and a parallel from South America. African Archaeological Review, 2012. DOI 10.1007/s10437-012-9115-y

Published

 

 

 

2010

Evidence for the Austronesian voyages in the Indian Ocean.  In: The global origins of seafaring. Atholl Anderson, J.H. Barrett & K.V. Boyle eds. pp. 239-248. Cambridge: McDonald Institute.

Published

 

 

 

2010

The linguistic geography of Nigeria and its implications for prehistory. In: West African Archaeology New developments, new perspectives. BAR International Series 2164. Philip Allsworth-Jones ed. 161-170. Oxford: Archaeopress. Initially presented at a meeting sponsored by the Nigerian Field, Sheffield University, 2009.

Published

Powerpoint

 

 

 

2010

Drake, Nick A., Roger M. Blench, Simon J. Armitage, Charlie S. Bristow, and Kevin H. White 2010. Ancient watercourses and biogeography of the Sahara explain the peopling of the desert. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 108(2):458-62.

Initially presented as; The ‘Green Sahara’ and the dispersal of populations at the end of the Pleistocene. 19th SAfA Biennial Meeting, Frankfurt / Main, Germany, 8th - 11th of September 2008

Published

 

 

 

2010

Was there a proto-Bantu word for ‘whale’? Explorations in early Bantu maritime history. Poster presented at African Archaeology Research Day, Cambridge 2010.

Poster

 

 

 

2009

Was there an interchange between Cushitic pastoralists and Khoesan speakers in the prehistory of Southern Africa and how can this be detected? Special Volume Sprache und Geschichte in Afrika: Language Contact, Language change and History, based on language sources in Africa. Wilhelm Möhlig, Frank Seidel & Axel Fleisch eds. Sprache und Geschichte in Afrika, 20: 31-49. Presented at  International Colloquium Königswinter, March 28-30, 2007.

Published

Powerpoint

 

 

 

2009

Bananas and plantains in Africa; re-interpreting the linguistic evidence.  Ethnobotany Research & Applications 7:363-380. Paper presented at WAC VI, Dublin 2008.

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2007

New palaeozoogeographical evidence for the settlement of Madagascar. Azania XLII:69-82. Paper given at the International Conference; The Maritime Heritage and Cultures of the Western Indian Ocean in Comparative Perspective. British Institute in Eastern Africa, British Museum & Zanzibar Department of Archives, Museums and Antiquities. House of Wonders, Wednesday 12TH July, 2006.

Published

 

 

 

2006

Reconstructing the subsistence of the proto-Dogon. PowerPoint for SAFA 2006, Calgary June 22-26

Unpublished

 

 

 

2004

Using Ethnography To Reconstruct The Culture Of Early  Modern Humans. Presented at SAFA, Bergen

Unpublished

 

 

 

2003

The intertwined history of the silk-cotton and baobab in West Africa. In: Fields of change; progress in African Archaeobotany. ed. R.T.J. Cappers. 1-20. Barkhuis & Groningen University, Groningen.

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1999a

The westward wanderings of Cushitic pastoralists. In: L’Homme et l’animale dans le Bassin du Lac Tchad. C. Baroin & J. Boutrais eds. 39-80. Paris: IRD.

Published

 

 

 

1999b

The languages of Africa: macrophyla proposals and implications for archaeological interpretation. In: Archaeology and Language, IV. eds. R.M. Blench and M. Spriggs. 29-47. London: Routledge.

Published

 

 

 

1996

The ethnographic evidence for long-distance contacts between Oceania and East Africa. In: The Indian Ocean in Antiquity. Julian Reade ed. 417-438. London/New York: Kegan Paul International/ British Museum Press.

Published

 

 

 

n.d.

West Africa and Indonesia. Ms.

Unpublished

 

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