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Intra-African relations between rain forest and Mediterranean, ca. 6000 - 500 BP

The DFG Priority Programme “Entangled Africa: Inner African Relations between the Rainforest and the Mediterranean, Approximately 6000 – 500 Years Ago” (SPP 2143) was established by the Senate of the German Research Foundation (DFG) in April 2017 for a period of 6 years. In a DFG review meeting on 11 July 2018, 12 projects including a coordinator and a data management project were approved. The programme started in December 2018.

Our ten research projects come from both the humanities and natural sciences and are interdisciplinary in nature. The focus is on archaeology, physical geography, geology, archaeometry, botany and linguistics, which enables us to study human settlement and land use in the context of climate and environmental change.

The aim of the programme is to explore intra-African relations and networks of the last 6,000 years up to the beginning of the colonial period. The focus is on the transfer of objects and knowledge as well as the mobility of people and the mechanisms and motivations behind these processes. In close cooperation with our African partner institutions, we try to critically question national research traditions and European perspectives and to develop new perspectives for joint archaeological research in Africa.

Coordinator:
PD Dr. Jörg Linstädter, DAI (KAAK), Ur- und Frühgeschichte

Scientific comittee:
Prof. Dr. Brigitta Schütt, FU Berlin (Vizepräsidentin), Physische Geografie
Prof. Dr. Katharina Neumann, Uni Frankfurt, Archäobotanik
PD. Dr. Sonja Magnavita, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Ur- und Frühgeschichte
Dr. Philipp von Rummel, DAI (Generalsekretär), Spätantike, Ur- und Frühgeschichte

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