> What are the copywright issues on this site ? -
Copyright of African Archaeology belongs to Bernard-Olivier Clist. No part of it may be stored, transmitted, or otherwise used or reproduced in any form, except for non-commercial study or research purposes with a proper acknowledgement or citation of african-archaeology.net. Any commercial use of any information obtained through the African Archaeology web site is prohibited without the express written consent of Bernard-Olivier Clist. Set up links to this resource from your own web site instead of copying it !
> What is the history of the African-Archaeology Virtual Library ? -
The African-Archaeology.Net web site has developed during 2004 from the "Anthropology Resources on the Internet" (ARI) directory specialising in Anthropology. ARI was started by Allen Lutins in 1995 and taken over by Bernard-Olivier Clist in 1999. It has been felt for some time the african archaeology resources listed in ARI would benefit from a specific web resource bringing together the information gathered for the last few years and stored under various topics headings. Furthermore the founding of African-Archaeology.Net was given strength by the editor's major interest in the archaeology of Central Africa. Late in 2004, ARI became the Archaeology/Prehistory index for the History Catalog of the WWW Virtual Library. Since 2005 the African Archaeology web site is also included in the WWW Virtual Library History Central Catalogue. Early in 2006 a new design and graphics were set up for the site.
> What is the editor's background ? -
Of French and British descent, born in Paris (France), B.Clist was trained as an archaeologist at Brussels University, Belgium. After completing fieldwork and publications on the Neolithic and Bronze Age of France and Belgium, he specialized in the archaeology of Central Africa (1980 onwards) with an emphasis on the early settlement of the rain forest by villagers (Neolithic). In this context he directed excavations, set up exhibitions and other public outreach programs, wrote papers and books on Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo and Angola. From 1991 to 1995 and again in 2003 he was contracted by several American and British oil companies to develop Environmental Impact Assessments, focused on archaeological surveys and excavations. In 1995-1996 he was Communication Officer for the World Bank funded "Projet Forêts et Environnement" located in Gabon.
In 1997, he expanded his skills to include website development and web resource analysis. He wrote in 1999 the first of its kind comparative study about the Internet sites set up by the "Collectivités territoriales" in the Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur region (see here). He then worked for the French chartered surveyors between 1999 and 2003 to set up their national information network and Internet web site and its associated databases.
He is currently administrator/webmaster for the "Anthropology Resources on the Internet" and "African Archaeology" web directories (both part of the World Wide Web Virtual Library), and the "Droit et archéologie" web site, which specializes in texts of law relating to French archaeology and which still is the only web site where the full texts of law on French archaeology can be found.
From 2003 to 2005 he was an expert with the A-Net-Oasis, LLC company in the United States in the areas of Anthropology and Archaeology, working on the 3Clix directory project. He was a Rating Analyst of Google USA in 2006 working on the improvement of the Google search engine.
He has completed his PhD in 2005 at Brussels' University on the Neolithic and Iron Age around the Gabon estuary, Central Africa. He has been since January 2005 an associate scientist to the UR92 of the French Institut de Recherche pour le Développement(IRD).
In addition to his books and papers on African archaeology (check out "Bibliography on Central Africa's Archaeology"), he has published several essays on the use of archaeology discussion lists and the development of web sites for local communities (full texts here).
From late 2006 to 2011 he switched back to an IT Consultant orientation, to develop and manage project plans with external suppliers and consultancies, follow timelines & multi-task with projects teams, and webmastering several sites, aimed at a global market with Branches opening up in the United States, Europe, and Asia, while accepting consultancy jobs for preventive archaeology in Africa.
This led to setting up in 2011 the Cultural Resources Management Ltd company in London. In January 2012 he was recruited on a PostDoc contract to manage the archaeology theme of the KongoKing project funded by the European Research Council.
Extensive bio here (in french).
> Where is the web site located ? -
Société Amen, AMEN SAS, 12-14, Rond Point des Champs Elysées, 75008 Paris, France.