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‘Entangled Africa’ engages in scientific exchange about the precolonial history of Africa

We have all lacked the opportunity to exchange with colleagues from around the globe in the past year due to home office work and the cancellation of conferences. But now new formats have been found. Three projects of the ‚Entangled Africa‘ program were able to present their research and engage in discussion with colleagues and friends on the topic of precolonial African history in the scope of the multi-platform conference “Extracting the past from the present” organized by Birgit Ricquier and her colleagues. […]

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One (two) suitcase(s) with charcoal in Berlin

Charcoal is a common find on archaeological sites. But the full range of information it contains is very often insufficiently used. Pieces of charcoal not only reveal their age (based on radiocarbon dating) but also which tree or group of tree species they once belonged to. This enables the reconstruction of vegetation types, landscapes and climate, and can even provide information about trade relations. […]


Ein (zwei) Koffer mit Holzkohlen in Berlin

Holzkohle ist ein gängiges Fundgut bei archäologischen Ausgrabungen, dessen Informationsgehalt dennoch allzu oft nicht ausreichend genutzt wird. Holzkohlestücke verraten nicht nur ihr Alter (anhand von Radiokohlenstoffdatierungen), sie erzählen auch zu welchem Baum oder welcher Baumartengruppe sie einmal gehörten. Damit sind Rekonstruktionen von Vegetationstypen, Landschaften und Klima möglich; auch über Handelsbeziehungen geben sie Auskunft. […]