Archaeology Seminar | Climatic Shifts and Societal Reorganizations in 1st Millennium CE Tropical East Africa
Climatic Shifts and Societal Reorganizations in 1st Millennium CE Tropical East Africa.
Dr Ioana Dumitru | University of Sydney
27 April | 4pm
This talk will explore the drivers behind the original settlement of the Swahili Coast, a historically significant region known for its cosmopolitan urban network and engagement with Indian Ocean maritime trade. Outside of evidence of seasonal exploitation, permanent coastal settlements in the Swahili tradition did not emerge on the East African coast until the sixth century CE, when groups of iron-producing, Bantu-speaking agriculturalists began a process of migration from their original homeland in Central Tanzania and Eastern Kenya. This talk will shed light onto a fundamentally underexplored topic concerning the impact of climate-driven changes on the timing of this profound societal shift.
To be held on Campus at the Chau Chak Wing Museum. All welcome. Please click here for CCW map.
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