Excellent summary by Ann Gibbons and very useful video by AAAS of Olorgesailie Basin, Kenya research led by Rick Potts and Alison Brooks and published today in the journal Science.
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."
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.
Preview of series available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXD8_q66Bvs
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:
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:
The proceedings of the 2014 PanAfrican Archaeological Association Congress has been published in a volume titled African Archaeology without Frontiers: Papers from the 2014 PanAfrican Archaeological Association Congress. The volume has been published in open access and may be downloaded for free at OAPEN or on the Wits University Press website
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.
Crowdfunding initiative begun by Professors Akinwumi Ogundiran, Zacharys Gundu, and Willeke Wendrich in support of the families of Anas Ibrahim and Adamu Abdulrahim. Anas Ibrahim and Adamu Abdulrahim were killed attempting to prevent the kidnapping of archaeologists Professor Peter Breunig and student Johannes Behringers, members of the Nok Culture Archaeological Research Project who were abducted on February 22, 2017 in Janjela, Nigeria.
PBS in the United States will air Africa's Great Civilizations, a six episode series hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., beginning on February 27.