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Technological Variability during the Late Pleistocene in Eastern Africa: lithic assemblages as indirect witnesses of past human population dynamics

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Coordinator
THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARSOF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE 

Organization address
address: TRINITY LANE THE OLD SCHOOLS
city: CAMBRIDGE
postcode: CB2 1TN
website: www.cam.ac.uk

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website http://www.pleistechnovar.jimdo.com
 Total cost 183˙454 €
 EC max contribution 183˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-10-01   to  2017-09-30

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1    THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARSOF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE UK (CAMBRIDGE) coordinator 183˙454.00

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 Project objective

PleisTechnoVar aims to better understand the increase in technological variability observed in Africa during the Late Pleistocene, between 70000 and 15000 years ago. While many research projects have focused on the origins of Homo sapiens and its spread Out of Africa into Eurasia, fewer research has concerned the material cultures of the populations who « stayed » in Africa and how they interacted with eachother. The first objective is to study this variability on the regional scale of Eastern Africa, between Kenya and Ethiopia. The second objective is to develop a methodological approach to understand the factors driving this variability. A larger scale of analysis will be used and Eastern Africa as well as the Nile Valley and the Levant will be considered in order to propose hypotheses concerning links between technological variability, environments and population dynamics. This project is an in-depth study of the candidate's previous research axes in these regions. In order to meet these objectives, lithic assemblages will be studied using the concept of chaîne opératoire and attribute analyses. Data collection will take place during short mobilities in museums in Eastern Africa, Israel and Europe. Spatial analyses will complete the study. These data will then be discussed in view of the known palaeoenvironmental data, as well as the results from the study of other types of material (zooarchaeology, geomorphology, etc.). The research will be conducted at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research in the University of Cambridge where the candidate will receive high level training to improve her skills in the study of material culture (quantitative and qualitative data, theoretical background), as well as to develop new competences in spatial analysis (through the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)). The candidate will greatly benefit from the host organisation's experience in interdisciplinary research on the diversity of material cultures.

 Publications

year authors and title journal last update
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2017 Alice Leplongeon
Current approaches and new directions in lithic analysis: Defining, identifying and interpreting variability
published pages: 145-148, ISSN: 1060-1538, DOI: 10.1002/evan.21530
Evolutionary Anthropology: Issues, News, and Reviews 26/4 2019-06-17
2017 Chantal Tribolo, Asfawossen Asrat, Jean-Jacques Bahain, Cécile Chapon, Eric Douville, Carole Fragnol, Marion Hernandez, Erella Hovers, Alice Leplongeon, Loïc Martin, David Pleurdeau, Osbjorn Pearson, Simon Puaud, Zelalem Assefa
Across the Gap: Geochronological and Sedimentological Analyses from the Late Pleistocene-Holocene Sequence of Goda Buticha, Southeastern Ethiopia
published pages: e0169418, ISSN: 1932-6203, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0169418
PLOS ONE 12/1 2019-06-17
2017 Alice Leplongeon, Clément Ménard
Backed pieces and their significant in the Later Stone Age of the Horn of Africa
published pages: 114, ISSN: 2195-0776, DOI:
Proceedings of the European Society for the study of Human Evolution 6 2019-06-17

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