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.