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How to train your Archaeobotanist

Since returning from the field, the project’s archaeobotanist-in-training, Senna Thornton-Barnett, has undertaken the sorting of the flotation samples from Engaruka, under the advisement of Dr. Sarah Walshaw (Simon Fraser University). Dr. Walshaw initially provided informal instruction in some of the tools  of the trade (both intellectual and physical) in order to allow Senna to begin…

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Digital Heritage Work Placement

  Katie Campbell joined the AAREA team to carry out the work placement element of the MSc in Digital Heritage at the Department of Archaeology, York, and describes here her work with AAREA PhD student Tabitha Kabora on the hydrological modelling aspect of the project. Besides an interest in the subject matter and objectives of…

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The Fieldwork team

    The AAREA project team arrived back in the UK at the end of October after completing eight weeks of fieldwork in Engaruka, Tanzania. Our team was bolstered for the duration of the fieldwork by the addition of four students from the University of Nairobi (Joshua Abungu, Kiplangat Moses, Harrison Mukara and Mark Kamutu),…

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Second research student arrives

The project’s second PhD candidate, Tabitha Kemunto Kabora, joined the rest of the team in time for our first fieldwork in Tanzania in September and October, where she supervised the topographic mapping of selected former agricultural and habitation areas, conducted preliminary hydrological surveys, and carried out a series of semi-structured interviews with local farmers on…

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New staff and inaugural meeting

One of our incoming PhD researchers, Senna Thornton-Barnett recently joined the project staff at Department of Archaeology, University Of York (King’s Manor). Senna will be undertaking the archaeobotany component of the project and will be supervised by Dr.Sarah Walshaw, an expert in ethnobotany and historical archaeology along the Swahili Coast. In the Spring of 2015,…

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Social media

  The AAREA project can now update activities through several social media sites (Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn). The project will endeavour to update the sites during the forthcoming fieldwork to Engaruka, Tanzania. The project will travel out to the site at the beginning of September and will spend around 6 weeks in the field undertaking excavation…