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Globinar 3: Archaeological science in Africa and the Diaspora

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The Africa Oxford Initiative is hosting monthly ‘Globinars’ on the future of anthropological research.

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Globinar 3: Archaeological science in Africa and the Diaspora: present situation & future prospects

Archaeology is increasingly relying on techniques from science to extract information from different categories of evidence. Popular techniques of modern archaeology include reverse engineering of pyrotechnological remains, organic chemistry studies of residues attached to the interior of pots and ancient DNA studies of animal and human tissues.

However, these methods demand very expensive infrastructure, most of which is not available in archaeology departments on the continent and in the diaspora. In the absence of resources, knowhow and equipment most archaeology practised by those on the continent remains traditional (culture historical and ethnographic) in orientation.

What might be done for Africa to develop capacity in archaeological science? This panel will offer solutions to this question and map a way forward for the continent to access laboratories and equipment through collaboration and other means.

Join us for this virtual conversation at 4pm UK time. The conversation will be livestreamed on YouTube. Access the YouTube link here: https://youtu.be/34HfA7Wq5Vo

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