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Book Prize

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Prix ​​du livre SAfA 2021

The SAfA Book Prize is open to books and monographs, including site reports, in all fields of African archaeology, including ethnoarchaeology and the African diaspora, from the beginnings of the archaeological record to the present. Single author, multi-author and edited works are all eligible. There is no restriction as to language.

The SAfA Book Prize is awarded every two years at the SAfA Biennial Meeting to a book which makes an exceptional contribution within one of the following areas, or to a significant contribution in a number of them:

1) an important theoretical advance in African archaeology;

2) an important methodological advance in African archaeology;

3) a major advance in our knowledge of the African past;

4) success in taking African archaeology to a world audience;

5) success in breaking down disciplinary division in African archaeology, be they temporal, geographic, linguistic, or other;

6) success in championing the value of African archaeology within an African nation or community;

7) success in championing the protection and preservation of Africa's archaeological heritage.

Previous winners:


Ann Brower Stahl, African Archaeology: A Critical Introduction. Blackwell, 2005. 


Peter R. Schmidt, Matthew C. Curtis, Zelalem Teka (eds.), The Archaeology of Ancient Eritrea. Red Sea Press, 2008. 


Phillipe Lavachery, Scott MacEachern, Tchago Bouimon, Christophe Mbida Mindzie, De Komé à Kribi: Archéologie préventive le long de l'oléoduc Tchad-Cameroun, 1999- 2004. Africa Magna Verlag, 2010. 


Anne Mayor, Traditions céramiques dans la boucle du Niger. Ethnoarchéologie et histoire du peuplement au temps des empires précoloniaux. Africa Magna Verlag, 2011. 


Peter Mitchell, Paul Lane (eds.), Oxford Handbook of African Archaeology. Oxford University Press, 2013. 


Alfredo González-Ruibal, An Archaeology of Resistance: Materiality and Time in an African Borderland. Rowman & Littlefield, 2014. 


Cameron Gokee, Assembling the Village in Medieval Bambuk: An Archaeology of Interaction at Biouboye.  Equinox Publishing, 2016.