When the hand that holds the trowel is black

The secret history of archaeology in Africa is the history of ‘native’ labour. It is the story of those men (and they were almost always men) who dug, sieved, sorted, located sites and ‘finds’, fetched and carried, pitched camp, cooked and served food, negotiated with local chiefs and suppliers, and assisted in the interpretation of artefacts and events, but who remain unsung and unremembered in official tellings of the development of the discipline. Read more here.