New Excavations in Kuumbi Cave

Posted by on Aug 31, 2016 in News | No Comments
New Excavations in Kuumbi Cave

New Excavations in Kuumbi Cave, Zanzibar August 17, 2016 A multidisciplinary team of scientists recently excavated one of Zanzibar’s most important caves, revealing a complex human occupation history over the last 18,000 years.  Initial occupations by Later Stone Age hunter-gatherers ranged between ~18,000 – 13,000 years ago.  Later peoples inhabited the cave in the late […]

Kuumbi Cave revised stratigraphy

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in Publications | No Comments
Kuumbi Cave revised stratigraphy

Ceri Shipton, Alison Crowther, Nikos Kourampas, Mary E. Prendergast, Mark Horton, Katerina Douka, Jean-Luc Schwenninger, Patrick Faulkner, Eréndira M. Quintana Morales, Michelle C. Langley, Ruth Tibesasa, Llorenc Picornell-Gelabert, Edwin N. Wilmsen, Chris Doherty, Margaret-Ashley Veall, Abdallah K. Ali, Michael D. Petraglia & Nicole Boivin (2016). Reinvestigation of Kuumbi Cave, Zanzibar, reveals Later Stone Age coastal […]

Colonisation of eastern African islands

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Publications | One Comment
Colonisation of eastern African islands

Alison Crowther, Patrick Faulkner, Mary E. Prendergast, Eréndira M. Quintana Morales, Mark Horton, Edwin Wilmsen, Anna M. Kotarba-Morley, Annalisa Christie, Nik Petek, Ruth Tibesasa, Katerina Douka, Llorenç Picornell-Gelabert, Xavier Carah & Nicole Boivin (2016). Coastal Subsistence, Maritime Trade, and the Colonization of Small Offshore Islands in Eastern African Prehistory. The Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology. DOI: […]

Ancient crops provide a window into Madagascar’s past

Posted by on Jun 3, 2016 in Publications | No Comments
Ancient crops provide a window into Madagascar’s past

Alison Crowther, Leilani Lucas, Richard Helm, Mark Horton, Ceri Shipton, Henry T. Wright, Sarah Walshaw, Matthew Pawlowicz, Chantal Radimilahy, Katerina Douka, Llorenç Picornell-Gelaber, Dorian Q Fuller, and Nicole Boivin (2016). Ancient crops provide first archaeological signature of the westward Austronesian expansion. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1522714113. Open access link Abstract The Austronesian […]

Poison arrows and bone utensils from Kuumbi Cave, Zanzibar

Posted by on Jun 1, 2016 in Publications | No Comments
Poison arrows and bone utensils from Kuumbi Cave, Zanzibar

Michelle C. Langley, Mary E. Prendergast, Ceri Shipton, Eréndira M. Quintana Morales, Alison Crowther & Nicole Boivin. Poison arrows and bone utensils in late Pleistocene eastern Africa: evidence from Kuumbi Cave, Zanzibar. Taylor and Francis Online (2016), DOI:10.1080/0067270X.2016.1173302 Open Access link Abstract Most of our current knowledge of late Pleistocene African bone technology is drawn […]

The archaeology of defaunation on Zanzibar

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in Publications | No Comments
The archaeology of defaunation on Zanzibar

Prendergast, M. E., Rouby, H., Punnwong, P., Marchant, R., Crowther, A.; Kourampas, N.; Shipton, C.; Walsh, M.; Lambeck, K.; Boivin, N. L.  Continental island formation and the archaeology of defaunation on Zanzibar, eastern Africa. PLoS One 11 (2) 2016. Open Access link Abstract With rising sea levels at the end of the Pleistocene, land-bridge or […]