Archives par mot-clé : Geomorphology

Busy and interdisciplinary in the Afar: the AGXIM Project

TERRAIN / FIELDWORK

The AGXIM* Project

First Awsa Geology-Humanities Interdisciplinary Mission

February 11-24, 2018

By Cécile Doubre, Eloi Ficquet & Lamya Khalidi

* Afar for ‘to be busy’, pronounced agdhim

Introduction to being busy

The first field mission of the AGXIM project took place between February 11th and 24th, 2018. This project directed by Cécile Doubre (IPGS, Strasbourg) and Eloi Ficquet (EHESS, Paris) aims to document human adaptation in the Awsa and Tendaho Basin (Lower Awash valley, Afar). Together with Ethiopian collaborators from Addis Ababa University, Mekele University, the ARCCH and the Afar Bureau of Culture and Tourism, the interdisciplinary team brings together specialists from the Earth Sciences and the Humanities who had previously been working independently in the Afar region for the last decade or more.

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Megalithic Landscape: First Abaya archaeological mission

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First Abaya archaeological mission

(Gedeo, SNNPR; Guji, Oromia)

January 11-25, February 20 – March 10, 2018

by Vincent Ard & Anne-Lise Goujon

 

The region east of Lake Abaya is renowned for its numerous megalithic sites (over 130 have been inventoried so far) but little is known about their chronology and their function. Previous research there had revealed great technological and stylistic variability of megalithic monuments and the existence of possible distinct chronological phases. In order to fill numerous gaps in our understanding of the megalithic societies of this region, an archaeological mission was led during winter 2018 by Vincent Ard (CNRS, TRACES) and Anne-Lise Goujon (Université Paris 10, PréTech), with the support of the Cfee and the French Embassy.

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Human-Climate coevolution in the Lake Abhe paleobasin

TERRAIN/FIELDWORK

Lacustrine paleoenvironments and prehistoric occupations in the Lower Awash and Gobaad Valleys:

first steps to understanding Human-Climate coevolution in the Lake Abhe paleobasin, Central Afar

by Carlo Mologni

 

Carlo Mologni is a PhD student at the Université Côte d’Azur, France (UMR 7329 GEOAZUR and UMR 7264 CEPAM), his research focuses on the Lake Abhe paleobasin, Central Afar (Ethiopia, Djibouti). Within the framework of VAPOR-Afar and PSPCA research projects he  investigates sedimentary archives of the basin with a multi-scalar approach. He presents here his recently completed fieldwork that was supported by a CFEE research grant.

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TERRAIN/FIELDWORK: Ethnoarchaeology and ethnogeomorphology, by Ninon Blond

TERRAIN/FIELDWORK

Ethnoarchaeology and ethnogeomorphology: fieldwork study of landscapes around Wakarida (Northern Tigray)

by Ninon Blond

Ninon Blond is a Ph.D candidate in geography since 2015 under the supervision of Yann Callot & Nicolas Jacob at Université Lumière-Lyon 2. The subject of her Ph.D is “Paysages de terrasses autour de Wakarida (Tigray septentrional, Ethiopie), un marqueur des relations hommes-milieux de l’époque pré-axoumite à l’Actuel”. She is one of the recipients of the CFEE field grants. In this text, she explains the main contributions of this fieldwork funded by the CFEE.

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Archives audiovisuelles de la mission Late Stone Age Sequence 2015 (in French)

ARCHÉOLOGIE / GÉOLOGIE / GÉOMORPHOLOGIE

La mission de recherches pluridisciplinaire Late Stone Age Sequence in Eastern Africa est dirigée depuis 2007 par François Bon (Université de Toulouse 2 – Jean Jaurès) et Asamerew Dessie (Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage).  Soutenue par la Commission des fouilles du ministère des Affaires étrangères et le Centre français des études éthiopiennes à Addis-Abeba, elle a pour objectif de contribuer à l’enrichissement de nos connaissances sur le Late Stone Age (LSA) de la Corne de l’Afrique grâce à la constitution de nouveaux référentiels archéologiques. Pour cela, elle s’attache à compléter le cadre géomorphologique et géologique de la région des lacs Zway, Abijata et Langano, servant l’établissement d’une puissante séquence au sein de laquelle ont été documentés une demi-douzaine de sites archéologiques, datés entre circa 30 000 et 9 000 cal BP, dont plusieurs livrent des informations proprement inédites sur la préhistoire de l’Éthiopie.

Lors de sa dernière venue en Éthiopie, en novembre-décembre 2015, l’équipe de la mission Late Stone Age Sequence in Eastern Africa a constitué des archives audiovisuelles. Réalisées par Stéphane Kowalczyk, celles-ci sont désormais en ligne. Pour y accéder, suivre le lien suivant : http://sequencelatestoneageafriqueorientale.blogspot.fr

A. Wion & L. Bruxelles, médaillés de bronze du CNRS / CNRS bronze medals

RÉCOMPENSE / AWARD

Le Centre français des études éthiopiennes est doublement en fête : l‘historienne Anaïs Wion (CNRS), chercheure au CFEE, et l’archéologue géomorphologue Laurent Bruxelles (INRAP, TRACES, UMR 5608), membre de deux projets de recherche archéologique soutenus par le CFEE en Éthiopie, ont été récompensés par la médaille de bronze du CNRS 2015.

The French Centre for Ethiopian Studies (CFEE) is celebrating two distinctions: historian Anaïs Wion (CNRS), researcher at CFEE, and archaeologist-geomorphologist Laurent Bruxelles (INRAP, TRACES, UMR 5608), a member of two archaeological missions supported by CFEE in Ethiopia, have been awarded with the 2015 CNRS bronze medal.

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