Archaeology of the mobile pastoralists of Lothagam North Pillar Site, Lake Turkana, Kenya

Obituaries for Rodolfo Fattovich (1945-2018), influential scholar of the archaeology of Northeastern Africa and the Horn

Archaeologist Professor Rodolfo Fattovich passed away in Rome, Italy on March 23, 2018.  Links to three obituaries from colleagues and former students appear below.  The University of Naples L'Orientale, where Rodolfo Fattovich taught and conducted research for more than 40  
years, will host an event on September 25, 2018 honoring his life and his many contributions to the archaeology of Northeastern Africa and the Horn.  More information about this event will be posted here soon.

 Photo Credit: CFEE

Photo Credit: CFEE

Professor Innocent Pikirayi will be ambassador for Antiquity

The journal Antiquity has announced that Innocent Pikirayi, professor of archaeology at the University of Pretoria, will be its first Antiquity ambassador.  Robert Witcher, Antiquity's new editor, states in the February issue of Antiquity that the journal looks forward to working with Innocent Pikirayi "to support more African scholars to publish their research in Antiquity and, in the process, to bring to our readers a more representative sample of world archaeology and a greater range of voices." 

Statement by the ASA Board of Directors regarding President Trump's Remarks

From the African Studies Association:

The African Studies Association—a scholarly organization composed of over 2,000 university academics based in the United States, Europe and Africa – is outraged at President Trump’s characterization of African states as “shithole countries.” He is widely reported to have made this comment in conversation with members of Congress. It is shocking that such crude racist expressions of xenophobia are now part and parcel of executive office discourse. Not only do President Trump’s words disparage the people of an entire continent, on issues of immigration they defy reality. According to the last U.S. Census Bureau report, Africans account for only 4% of the total foreign-born population in the United States, but the educational attainment of that 4% far exceeds the average of all of those born outside of the U.S. Indeed, 41% of African residents in the U.S. hold bachelors degrees or higher. Nigerians, who have been singled out by the President on previous occasions, are among the most educated group in the U.S., with some 61% holding bachelors degrees and 17% masters degrees. We strongly encourage those in and around the Oval Office to do their homework and urge them and all levels of government to acknowledge the enormous contributions that African immigrants have made to the economic and social fabric of the United States.…/publicatio…/2014/acs/acsbr12-16.pdf……/growing-african-immigrant-popula……/sub-saharan-african-immig…

The History of Africa with Zeinab Badawi airing on BBC World News in July and August

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Preview of series available on YouTube:

Also check out episode descriptions and information on how the nine-part film series is based on the UNESCO’s "General History of Africa" book collection:


Field Manual For African Archaeology Published

New free publication from the Royal Museum for Central Africa:

Field Manual For African Archaeology

Edited by A. Smith Livingstone, E. Cornelissen, O. Gosselain, S. MacEachern.

Tervuren: RMCA, series ‘Documents on Social Sciences and Humanities’, 317 p.
ISBN (EN): 978-9-4922-4427-7
ISBN (FR): 978-9-4922-4428-4

Free digital version available on the Royal Museum for Central Africa website's publications page:…/publications/…/online/fmaa

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Advocate and researcher of Ethiopian history and cultural heritage, Richard Pankhurst, dies at the age of 89

Ethiopians and foreign nationals from around the world, including many dignitaries, gathered last week at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to pay their respects to Richard Pankhurst, who died at his home in Addis Ababa on February 16, 2017.  Dr. Pankhurst was a prolific historian of Ethiopia, founding member of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies (IES), advocate for Ethiopian cultural heritage, and leader of the campaign to return to Ethiopia the stolen Obelisk of Aksum.