2016 WUN workshop – compelling new issues for old African mountains

AAREA’s research at Engaruka, Tanzania, along with the wider work of AAREA’s advisor, Dr. Rob Marchant, featured in Dr. Sue Taylor‘s recent article. This article was originally published on the Mountain Research Initiative‘s website. African mountain researchers are adventurous people. African mountain researchers will walk miles in 50 degree Celsius temperatures to fly a drone that films geological fault…

Launch of IrriGate – the African irrigation game

We are launching v.1 of the Android version of Irrigate, designed by Muhammad Zharif Hadi in conjunction with the AAREA project, at the York Festival of Ideas on Friday 10th June 2016. We’ll be on the grass at the front of King’s Manor, University of York, between 11am-4pm. IrriGate – the game that allows you to play…

Sustainability in East Africa – a York perspective

#TreeMcTreeFace, probably the earliest evidence of inland rice cultivation in East Africa and a ‘moss animal’ dating back 15,000 years. What do these three things all have in common? They are examples of some of the world-leading research findings from various projects across University of York. On 20th May the AAREA project, KITE group, YESI…

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…

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…

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),…