US-Ethiopia Planning Visit: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Understanding Late Holocene Human-Environment Relationships in Aksum, N. Ethiopia

Principal Investigator: Dr. Magaly Koch

Co-Investigator: Michael DiBlasi

Sponsors: NSF International Program

Duration: 1 year, $9,460

Project Summary:

3-D model of Aksum region based on IKONOS image (M.Koch)This interdisciplinary project examines the evolution of Late Holocene landscapes and cultural ecology in the Aksum region of northern Ethiopia—the core area of the Aksumite state (ca. 150 BC–AD 850). Using data derived from remote sensing techniques, geomorphological investigations, and archaeological fieldwork, the project will reconstruct the history of human-environment relationships and culture change for the period ca. 2000 BC to AD 1000. Current partners in the project include the University of Naples “L’Orientale,” Addis Ababa University and Mekelle University (Ethiopia), and the Geological Survey of Ethiopia. The project has been funded by the National Science Foundation (Grant #0554693), the National Geographic Society, and contributions from private donors.

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