Landscape archaeology in Africa: new approaches, methods and substantive results


Paul Lane

This session will focus on the ways in which past societies of sub-Saharan Africa have influenced their environments, and the new methods being used to study these landscape dynamics. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the topic, this session will welcome papers from a variety of disciplines including, but not limited to, archaeology, botany, historical ecology, and modelling, in order to facilitate an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and promote discussion. Papers on any geographical region of the continent (not just sub-Saharan Africa) are welcome, and so as to encourage comparison and reflection on what is landscape archaeology in Africa, how is it practiced, and what are the emerging trends in terms of new theoretical perspectives, methods and/or research directions, papers on any period from the Early Stone Age to the recent past are welcome.

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List of Papers

Svenja Meyer (Institute of Geography, University of Cologne), Oliver Bödeker, Ralf Vogelsang, Steven A. Brandt & Olaf Bubenzer: Understanding actual and ancient morphodynamics within the Southwest Ethiopian Highlands and their effects on archaeological preservation in river landscapes

Jack Harris (National Museums of Kenya), Emmanuel Ndiema, Purity Kiura, Carolyn Dillian, Rahab Kinyanjui, David Braun, Susana Calvalho, Rene Bobe & Lori Dibble: Nomadic spatiality- Case studies through time from sedimentary deposits, east of Lake Turkana, northern Kenya

Joanne Rowland (University of Edinburgh), Mohamed & G.J. Tasie Changing interactions between human groups and the landscape in prehistory: the view from the western Nile Delta

Décio Muianga (Eduardo Mondlane University/Kaleidoscopio): Hunter-gatherer cultural and symbolic frontier landscapes in central Mozambique

Munyaradzi Manyanga (University of Zimbabwe): Rethinking the Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape: Reflections from Beyond Greefswald

Anna Shoemaker (Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Uppsala University) Pottery in a pastoral place: understanding the Amboseli landscape through ceramic analysis

Hocine Rassoul (Mouloud Mammeri University of Tizi Ouzou) & Mohamed Dahli: L’architecture funéraire protohistorique en Algérie : entre survivance Saharienne et interactions Méditerranéennes

Aliyu Adamu Isa (Department of Archaeology, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria): Post-Medieval economic interaction in the Central Sudan: Kiawa since the fifteenth century

Paul Sinclair (Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Uppsala University) : Eating Volcanoes: Landscape dynamics on Ngazidja, Comores