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The Lost Kingdoms of Africa Lost Kingdoms Of Africa The Lost Kingdoms of Africa is the companion to the BBC series first televised in 2010.On his tireless journey across the continent, Gus Casely Hayford brings to light some of the diverse cultures and civilizations which have arisen in Africa since earliest times Discoveries in the West showing that Africans were making pottery at a time that Europe just coming out of the last ice age, the raising of Pyramids, Castles and Cathedrals in the North East, forgotten trading cities in the East, mas The Lost Kingdoms of Africa is the companion to the BBC series first televised in 2010.On his tireless journey across the continent, Gus Casely Hayford brings to light some of the diverse cultures and civilizations which have arisen in Africa since earliest times Discoveries in the West showing that Africans were making pottery at a time that Europe just coming out of the last ice age, the raising of Pyramids, Castles and Cathedrals in the North East, forgotten trading cities in the East, massive stone built construction in the South, the seat of empires in the North West which not only ruled in Africa, but also in Europe We see that from earliest times Africa has always been in the mainstream of human development and has historically been a major player in the system of global trade.What I liked about this book is that it is also part travelogue where the reader is taken on a tour of a contemporary Africa One sees not just the physical historical evidence in the form of architecture, artifacts and art, but you also meet the modern day descendants and experts whose testimonies help to evoke echoes of the past.There is a living and vibrant feel to the authors presentation and he aims to show the techniques archaeology, written or oral records used to uncover the past.Whilst there is muchthat could be said about these histories, having completed the book I think he got the level of detail just right considering the amount of ground he covered literally Sudan, Ethiopia, the East Coast, the Great Lakes region, Southern Africa, West Africa and North Africa.This book is a good introduction to African History For those who are already familiar with this history, you are certain to find something in its pages which is new and enlightening There are many photographs included and the drawings made by the author are a nice touch.I found the book a pleasure to read and I would certainly recommend it You can watch here depository blurb For many of us the history of Africa is, at best, vague We might think of Egyptian pyramids, legendary queens of Sheba or Cleopatra and Zulu warriors The truth, however, is one of remarkably diverse, creative, culturally rich civilisations In this book, which accompanies an 8 part BBC series, Gus Casely Hayford takes us on a fascinating journey through the history of this remarkable continent We will encounter archaeolo You can watch here depository blurb For many of us the history of Africa is, at best, vague We might think of Egyptian pyramids, legendary queens of Sheba or Cleopatra and Zulu warriors The truth, however, is one of remarkably diverse, creative, culturally rich civilisations In this book, which accompanies an 8 part BBC series, Gus Casely Hayford takes us on a fascinating journey through the history of this remarkable continent We will encounter archaeological sites of staggering beauty that rival the Great Wall of China, vast and ancient universities that predate Oxford and Cambridge, kingdoms of extraordinary wealth, artistic traditions that still inspire artists today, great religious sites that surpass the Vatican, and a country withpyramids than Egypt In recent years new archaeological and anthropological research has opened up the study of African history in ways previously unimaginable Long lost kingdoms are suddenly being brought back to life Civilisations that had faded into myth are revealing their secrets Using this latest research, Gus Casely Hayford is able to tell the history of Africa s major kingdoms in an entirely new, colourful and richly informed way Accessible and inspiring, The Lost Kingdoms of Africa is both a major addition to our understanding of this oft overlooked history and a source of genuine delight and wonder.NubiaEthiopiaGreat ZimbabweWest AfricaThe Kingdom of AsanteThe Zulu Kingdom About the author Maybe my expectations were too high there is so much to learn about the history of Africa, so much so that even Arnold Toynbee failed to recognize that some civilizations did flourish and, in his vocabulary, failed in this vast continent In the end, it remains the script for a made for TV exploration some parts spell binding, some others leaving you wondering what the fuss is all about.

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