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Thomas Huffman

Born: Jul 17, 1944

Birthplace: Wisconsin

Nationality: United States

Thomas Huffman

Date of Birth : Jul 17, 1944
Birth Place : Wisconsin

Thomas N. Huffman is Professor Emeritus of archaeology in association with the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He specialises in pre-colonial farming societies in southern Africa. Huffman is most well known for his identification of the Central Cattle Pattern at Mapungubwe, a pre-colonial state in southern Africa. This, in turn he argued as the main influence in the formation of the Zimbabwe Pattern at Great Zimbabwe. Arguably his seminal contribution to the field was A Handbook to the Iron Age: The Archaeology of Pre-Colonial Farming Societies in Southern Africa, which has contributed to the understanding of ceramic style analysis and culture history focusing on these groups.

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