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This paper presents the results of some of the surveys conducted to map archaeological sites of Somaliland and includes almost 100 new and previously unpublished sites. The survey work was conducted by several of Somaliland’s Department of Archaeology staff, including Mohamed Ali Abdi, a...
Unlike Peninj and Monik localities in western Lake Natron, eastern Lake Natron remains an archaeological terra incognita . A brief survey of the landforms adjacent to the eastern shoreline revealed 28 Stone Age archaeological sites exhibiting technological and typological features suggestive of...
Potential mechanisms by which domestic animals came to be herded by stone-tool users in southern Africa after 2 ka include demic and/or cultural diffusion. Neither theory is unproblematic, but robust archaeological evidence for immigrant stone-tool-using herders in the region continues to be...
Researchers have raised a wide range of variables to account for the emergence and governance of complex polities. Warfare and investment in military power, along with an expansionist ideology, are often raised as catalysts for the emergence of state societies and hierarchical forms of...
Comprehensive evidence has shown that Mapungubwe was the centre of the first state in southern Africa. Recently, some archaeologists have argued that the distribution of artefacts, stone walling, and hilltop locations suggests multiple and earlier centres. A close examination of these data,...
This article is the first to present a study on the wagar , a sacred wooden sculpture kept by Somali women. This study explores the wagar and its significance as a sacred medium within fertility rituals and the religious syncretism in which such indigenous and non/pre-Islamic practice is...
This article analyses the archaeology in the Spanish Protectorate of Morocco throughout its history. After a historical background of the nature and development of Spanish colonialism in North Africa, information about the archaeology in the first years of the Spanish Protectorate in North...
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