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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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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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Recruitment of new staff

Following an initial recruitment round we are pleased to welcome Carol Lang who joins the project as our first post-doctoral researcher. Carol will be working on the geoarchaeology with advice from, and in collaboration with, Professor Charly French (University of Cambridge), Federica Sulas (University of Pretoria), and Lasse Westerberg (Stockholm University), amongst others. The project…