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Pottery – The Devil is in the Detail

After a successful meeting at the beginning of the month, the ceramic specialists of the “SPP Entangled Africa” met again online on 23.06.2020 for an exciting dialogue. Object of the discourse was the range of various forms of decoration and techniques that have been listed in the individual ceramic assortments of the projects. The...

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Entangled Africa – networked in virtual space!

During the last months, the archaeological sector has shown itself to be at its most flexible.The effects of the Corona pandemic are still visible. Travelling abroad continues to be risky, so there is currently no reliable planning of field campaigns, but there is a great willingness to adapt to the circumstances. Positive developments are...

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Connecting Foodways – 2020 fieldwork in Sudan

The Connecting Foodways project has recently returned from a successful fieldwork season in Sudan, studying ancient cuisines and cooking technologies. We focussed on cooking pots, archaeobotanical remains and collecting samples for organic residue analysis. This archaeological research was complimented by ethnoarchaeological studies of the material culture, food stuffs, and techniques of contemporary cooking traditions....

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Science at home

The world pauses – the new Covid-19 virus also leaves its mark on the priority programme “Entangled Africa”. Carefully planned campaigns have been prematurely broken off or cancelled, trips by our African partners have been postponed.  But there is also plenty of work to be done in the home office.  The everyday life of...

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Research in the Rama Valley (northern Tigray)

Project 7: Routes of Interaction – Research in the Rama Valley (northern Tigray) The interdisciplinary research project aims to investigate inner-African contacts between the northern Horn of Africa, the Middle Nile, the northeast Sudanese Gash delta and parts of Egypt. The Rama Valley, located in the Ethiopian-Eritrean border region, is the focus of the...

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SPP 2143 at the World Archaeological Congress in Prague

Entangled Africa – Identity and Inner-African Interaction. Session organisers: Steven Matthews , Abigail Moffett and Thomas John Biginagwa CALL FOR PAPERS This session addresses inner-African interaction and its contribution to the development of African societies and the formation of regional identities in the past. The study of cross-cultural interaction across Africa has...

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Two networks – one goal

First Joint Annual General Meeting of the DFG Priority Programme Entangled Africa and the TANA Network The DFG Priority Programme (SPP) 2143: Entangled Africa and the TransArea Network Africa (TANA) have set themselves the task of illuminating Africa’s history and integrating it into the knowledge network of the old world. TANA is a network...

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SPP Networking Meeting “Natural Sciences”, November 18-19, 2019

SPP Networking Meeting “Natural Sciences”, November 18-19, 2019 Within the SPP, several projects explore past climate and ecosystem changes, land-use patterns and subsistence strategies as well as landscape transformations. The projects tap different archives and proxies, such as anthracology (charcoal analysis), pollen analysis, wood cell structures (on tree rings), geochemistry (on lake sediments), remote...

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SPP networking meeting ‘Ceramics’

SPP Networking Meeting ‘Ceramics’ in Frankfurt/M, June 18-19, 2019 Attendees: Carlos Magnavita (Frankfurt), Christopher Breninek (Leipzig), Dietrich Raue (Leipzig), Friederike Jesse (Köln), Jana Eger (Münster), Jörg Linstädter (Bonn), Tim Karberg (Münster), Ulrike Nowotnick (Berlin) Background: Ceramics is not only the most common type of find that most archaeological projects in the Priority Programme (SPP)...

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