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By Merrick Posnansky

In this stimulating account of his life’s stories, 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 sooner than ultimately settling all the way down to train in l. a..

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

Written in a fresh, candid type, those memoirs offer a desirable glimpse into the alterations 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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Rather than resisting this influence the Baganda readily cooperated and many 34 AFRICA AND ARCHAEOLOGY of the earliest students were drawn from the Baganda elite. The British used well-educated Baganda to spread their influence to other parts of Uganda where they served as missionaries, ministers, clerks and schoolteachers. Yoeri was a school teacher and travelled and worked in several areas of northern Uganda before retiring early to be a coffee farmer at Nakwaya where Eunice was born in the nearby clinic of Kiboga in 1927.

In May 1996 Eunice had her first seizure. It was frightening; she thrashed around, bit the inside of her mouth and tongue, rolled her eyes and remained unconscious for over half an hour. After a second attack we rushed her to hospital. She was subject to frequent attacks until a caring practitioner, Dr Meltzer, following frequent minor adjustments and changes of medication, managed to dose her correctly with a mixture of medicines so that by 2000 her seizures were small and manageable. In 1998 the attacks had been almost monthly; after each she was left with less mental ability and was handicapped for a few days with extreme tiredness, incontinence and immobility.

Retail shops, though not workshops, closed for half a day each Wednesday and my father took the opportunity to go to the Turkish baths, which were at the time quite popular with businessmen. He occasionally went on holiday with his brother Morris after his wife Rachel died prematurely in 1940. The most exciting of these trips was a cruise in 1938 to the Canary Islands via Gibraltar. He brought back a rather poorly made cane chaise-longue with all sorts of appendages and seating adjustments, which became his pride and joy and in which he would sit on the few warm Sundays in the garden.

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