Lamya Khalidi: Preliminary results of the VAPOR-Afar project

SÉMINAIRE / SEMINAR

Evolution: an international research seminar in eastern Africa.
Paleobiodiversity, paleobiology, prehistory, paleoenvironments

(2015-2016)

4ème séance / 4th session: Preliminary results of the VAPOR-Afar project: paleoenviroment, human settlement and obsidian circulation in the Late Stone Age and Ceramic Neolithic of the lake Abhe basin, Lower Awash, Afar, par/by Lamya KHALIDI (CNRS, CEPAM – University of Nice Sophia Antipolis) & l’équipe/the team VAPOR-Afar.

Lundi 4 avril 2016 (16-17h30) / Monday 4 April 2016 (4:00 PM-5:30 PM). Lieu / Venue: Auditorium of the Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage

Organisation: CFEE & Authority for Research and Conservation of the Cultural Heritage (Heritage Collection & Laboratory Service Directorate, Heritage Training Unit).

Preliminary results of the VAPOR-Afar project: paleoenviroment, human settlement and obsidian circulation in the Late Stone Age and Ceramic Neolithic of the lake Abhe basin, Lower Awash, Afar, par/by Lamya KHALIDI

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In 2014, the VAPOR-Afar program identified 11 new sites of Late Stone Age and Ceramic Neolithic date in two paleodune regions that were once near the banks of Lake Abhe. This lake, which is the final drainage of the Awash River and is currently in an acute regression phase, was a mega lake of 6000 km at its maximum transgression during wetter periods of the Pleistocene and Holocene. The region was rich in river and lake resources, as well as obsidian sources, which made it ideal for human occupation by fisher-hunter-gatherers and the first Neolithic ceramic producing societies in Ethiopia. This conference will present the VAPOR-Afar project and our very recent 2016 preliminary paleoenvironmental, geological and archaeological results. In addition, we will present preliminary results of team member Gourguen Davtian’s mapping and modelling of these sites and their changing surroundings.

L’intervenante / The speaker

Lamya Khalidi est chargée de recherche au sein du laboratoire CEPAM (Cultures et Environnements – Préhistoire, Antiquité, Moyen Âge, UMR 7264, CNRS / Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis). L’équipe du projet VAPOR-Afar compte également les chercheurs Clément Ménard, Laurent Bruxelles, Gourguen Davtian, Clive Oppenhaimer, Blade Engda, Chantal Tribolo et Eugénie Gauvrit. / Lamya Khalidi is a researcher at CEPAM (Cultures et Environnements – Préhistoire, Antiquité, Moyen Âge, French National Center for Scientific Research / University of Nice Sophia Antipolis). Team members of the VAPOR-Afar project are Clément Ménard, Laurent Bruxelles, Gourguen Davtian, Clive Oppenhaimer, Blade Engda, Chantal Tribolo, and Eugénie Gauvrit.

Organisateurs du séminaire / Convenors of the seminar series: Behailu Habte (ARCCH), Jean-Renaud Boisserie (CNRS, CFEE) & Yonas Beyene (associate researcher at CFEE, ARCC-Hawassa).

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