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By Merrick Posnansky

In this stimulating account of his life’s reviews, popular pupil and pioneer Africanist archaeologist Merrick Posnansky takes his readers on an strange trip internationally, from his origins in a small Jewish neighborhood in Manchester to his adventures on archaeological websites within the villages of Africa earlier than ultimately settling all the way down to educate in la.

A Jewish British expatriate in an African social global, Posnansky struggled to set up his racial id within the British colonial international the place Jewish groups have been infrequent. He crossed racial and spiritual obstacles through marrying a Christian lady from Uganda, a hugely strange step at the moment.

Written in a fresh, candid type, those memoirs supply a desirable glimpse into the adjustments happening in sleek Africa. Africa and Archaeology is a primary hand account of the racial and spiritual prejudices of the 20th century.

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The first few years were particularly rough because our assets were tied up in houses in Uganda and Cambridge and half the personal effects we shipped from Ghana had suffered water damage, thus robbing us of precious photographs, books and keepsakes. Although the girls quickly adapted to the different educational system, life was again hardest for Eunice who had to retrain by taking courses at California State and Pepperdine universities. She eventually settled down to an unreliable routine as a substitute teacher.

Normally, we went to a boarding house with cooking facilities, so prepared our own food. My father was a creature of habit. As befitting a tailor he dressed well and at all times wore a waistcoat with a gold watch chain. His shoes, which were always black, were well polished and he wore different ones each day. The grey spats he wore above his shoes were fitted with a special spat hook to allow him to fasten them tightly. He wore summer, winter and spring-weight top coats according to the season.

We had many anxious telephone calls to straighten matters out and on arriving in Ghana she had a terrible time at the airport until I rescued her, but by then aggressive Ghanaian porters had importuned her to give away quite a bit of her English money. She was constantly repeating the same questions. She had quite forgotten that she had been in Ghana five years earlier, but had less difficulty remembering that we had lived there 20 years before. She never learnt the names of the students with whom she associated on an almost daily basis and became more and more paranoid, hiding her keys and her handbag, and locking doors and windows.

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