Examining Power and Inequality in Early South African Kingdoms

  • Thu, January 20, 2022
  • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Online

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Join Dr. Elizabeth Arnold for a discussion of how archaeology can reconstruct subsistence, economics and conceptions of power in African pre-colonial states. The talk will examine how various economic practices shaped social inequalities and political power in both 1st millennium AD agricultural communities and later 19th Century Zulu Kingdoms in South Africa. Several types of archaeological data (including ceramics, animal bone analyses, archaeological chemistry and settlement patterns) will be discussed to reconstruct patterns of production, distribution, and consumption in both family homesteads as well as military towns and kings’ capitals.


Elizabeth Arnold, Ph.D., is an anthropologist and an environmental archaeologist, studying both plants and animals in the archaeological record. She received my BA and MA in Anthropology from the University of Manitoba, Canada where she focused on zooarchaeology. In 2006, Dr. Arnold completed her doctorate in Archaeology at the University of Calgary.



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