Tilman Musch: Der Nashornspur folgen, wo es kein Nashorn mehr gibt Fährtenlesen in der Zeit, oder: Tubu Teda als Archäologen


Manifold spoors of human presence can be found in the Central Sahara - from prehistoric remains to contemporary tracks of men or animals. These objects constitute timescapes where locals - the Teda - are “tracking in time.” The article describes how such timescapes are constituted and how tracking takes places here. Following the Liebenberg-Carruthers-debate, the author asks whether or not “tracking in time” can be considered as science and links the results to a wider discussion about new (local) approaches to African anthropology, history, and archaeology.