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CULTURAL LANDSCAPE HERITAGE IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA. Ed. by John Beardsley. Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, D.C., 2016. Dumbarton Oaks Colloquium on the History of Landscape Architecture, 37. Distributed by Harvard University Press, Cambridge. 486 pp. with 202 ills. (154 col.). 28 x 22 cm. LC 2015-18114 ISBN 9780884024101 In English.
Publisher's description: Sub-Saharan Africa is one of the longest occupied and least studied landscapes on earth. While scholarship has been attentive to images of nature made by the region's explorers and settlers and to landscapes of the colonial era -- public parks and game preserves, botanical gardens and urban plans -- surprisingly little attention has been paid to spaces created by and for Africans themselves, from the precolonial era to the present. This book is a contribution to a small but growing effort to address this oversight. Its essays present a range of landscapes: pathways and cairns used by nomadic peoples to navigate through and mark significant places; anthropogenic or managed forests consecrated to ritual purposes of various kinds; tombs or palaces with significant landscape orientations and components; even monumental ceremonial and urban spaces, as at Great Zimbabwe or Djenne.
Indexing: Western, Africa, Non-Western in a Western Style — Several Periods — Landscape and Garden Design — Urban Planning
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 170245
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