Entangled Africa

DFG Priority Program Entangled Africa

The DFG Priority Program “Entangled Africa: Inner African Relations between the Rainforest and the Mediterrean, ca. 6000 – 500 Years BP” (SPP 2143) was established by the Senate of the German Research Foundation (DFG) in April 2017 for a period of six years. In winter 2018, the first research projects started their work.

The focus is on the study of archaeology and environmental history, of the development and dissemination of technologies and objects, of connections between groups of people, and of human interaction with climatic zones and natural habitats of Africa from an African perspective, Cross-project working groups create the methodological framework for discussing the availabl material and address common research interests. Underlying all is the hypothesis that intra-African relations have had a greater impact on the development of human societies of northern hemispheric Africa than previously thought.

The researcher´s working areas range from the Horn of Africa to the west coast of the continent, from the rainforests of the Congo and the Ethiopoan highlands to the southern edge of the Sahara and the Tibesti in northern Chad. Research is conducted in close collaboration with colleagues from African partner countries.


Prof. Dr. Jörg Linstädter



Dr. phil. Johanna Sigl



Florian Lukas



Cooperation partners

Freie Universität Berlin

Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main

Universität Hamburg

Universität zu Köln

Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster

Figure captions

Fig. 1  Archäobotanische Untersuchungen am Mikroskop [photy by J. Puerta-Schart].

Fig. 2  Sieben von archäologischen Proben [photy by U. Nowotnick].

Fig. 3  Probeentnahme von Sedimenten im Profil für mikromorphologishce Untersuchungen [photo by C. Breninek].

Fig. 4  Bodenprospektion im Tschad [photy by C. Magnavita].

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