Stone-Age Africa: Sophisticated Shared Identity Among Cultures (Remote)

Elisabeth Hildebrand
Tuesday October 20
6-7 p.m. ET

Elisabeth Hildebrand and colleagues recently published stunning data on social complexity among nomadic pastoralists in what is now Turkana, Kenya with date drawn from excavations and ground-penetrating radar surveys at the earliest and most massive monumental site in eastern Africa. Lothagam North Pillar Site. Such architecture requires many people to build a conspicuous structure commemorating shared beliefs, and was thought to pertain only to stratified civilizations; yet these mobile herders in Turkana created large cemeteries and practiced other forms of commemoration, preserving stunning work stretching across many generations –a tangible reminder of shared identity.

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