Early Hominin adaptations in arid landscapes of the Namib desert

Project Details


An interdisciplinary team from the Geography department in SEED, and external collaborators in the UK, the USA and South Africa – led by Dr Abi Stone (Geography) – have been awarded funding to support fieldwork and laboratory analysis that will develop a new chronology for ancient human occupations in the arid landscapes of the Namib desert.

This will lead to new insights into early Hominin adaptions in arid landscapes.

The international team will collect samples for new luminescence dating protocols, to provide a chronology for new archaeological finds (mostly stone tools so far) in this region.

This work will be combined with environmental reconstructions at these sites to understand if, and how, the environment and climate of this region may have varied through time.
Effective start/end date26/06/2231/10/24

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


  • Namib Sand Sea
  • Luminescence Dating
  • Geomorphology
  • Drylands
  • Archaeology
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Stone tools
  • Dryland resources

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Environmental Research Institute


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