Institute of Archaeology


East African coastal caves

This project explores caves and rockshelters on the east African coast to determine trajectories of culture change.

Fieldwork exploring East African caves and rockshelters

Related outputs

  • Goldstein, S., Shipton, C., Miller, J., Ndiema, E., Boivin, N., Petraglia, M. (2022) Hunter-gatherer technological organization and responses to Holocene climate change in coastal, lakeshore, and grassland ecologies of eastern Africa.  Quaternary Science Reviews 280: 107390
  • Faulkner, P., Miller, J., Quintana-Morales, E., Crowther, A., Shipton, C., Ndiema, E., Boivin, N., Petraglia, M.D. (2021) 67,000 years of coastal engagement at Panga ya Saidi, eastern Africa.  PLOS One 16: e0256761
  • Culley, C., Janzen, A., Brown, S., Prendergast, M.E., Wolfhagen, J., Abderemane, B., Abdallah, K.A., Haji, O., Horton, M.C., Shipton, C., Swift, J., Tabibou, A.T., Wright, H.T., Boivin, N., Crowther, A. (2021) Collagen fingerprinting traces the introduction of caprines to island eastern Africa.  Royal Society Open Science 8: 202341
  • Martinon-Torres, M., d’Errico, F., Santos, E., Alvaro Gallo, A., Amano, N., Archer, W., Armitage, S.J., Arsuaga J.L., Bermudez de Castro, J.M., Blinkhorn, J., Crowther, A., Douka, K., Duberne, S., Faulkner, P., Fernandez-Colon, P., Kourampas, N., Gonzalez Garcia, J., Larreina, D., Le Bourdonnec, F.-X., MacLeod, G., Martin-Frances, L., Massilani, D., Mercader, J., Miller, J., Ndiema, E., Notario, B., Pitarch Marti, A., Prendergast, M.E., Queffelec, A., Riguad, S., Roberts, P., Shoaee, M.J., Shipton, C., Simpson, I., Boivin, N., Petraglia, M.D. (2021) Earliest human burial in Africa.  Nature 593: 95-100
  • Culley, C., Janzen, A., Brown, S., Prendergast, M.E., Shipton, C., Ndiema, E., Petraglia, M., Boivin, N., Crowther, C. (2021) Iron Age hunting and herding in coastal eastern Africa: ZooMS identification of domesticates and wild bovids at Panga ya Saidi, Kenya.  Journal of Archaeological Science 130: 105368
  • Shipton, C., Blinkhorn, J., Archer, W., Kourampas, N., Roberts, P., Prendergast, M., Curtis, R., Herries, A.I.R., Ndiema, E., Boivin, N., Petraglia, M.D. (2021) The Middle to Later Stone Age transition at Panga ya Saidi, in the tropical coastal forest of East Africa.  Journal of Human Evolution 153: 102954
  • d’Errico, F., Pitarch Marti, A., Shipton, C., Le Vraux, E., Petraglia, M.D., Boivin, N.  (2020) Trajectories of Middle to Later Stone Age cultural innovation in eastern Africa: personal ornaments, bone artifacts and ocher from Panga ya Saidi, Kenya.  Journal of Human Evolution 141: 102737
  • Roberts, P., Prendergast, M., Janzen, A., Shipton, C., Blinkhorn, J., Zech, J., Crowther, A., Sawchuk, E., Ndiema, E., Petraglia, M., Boivin, N. (2020) Late Pleistocene to Holocene human palaeoecology in the tropical environments of coastal eastern Africa.  Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 537: 109438
  • Faulkner, P., Harris, M., Haji, O., Ali, A.K., Crowther, A., Shipton, C., Horton, M.C., Boivin, N.L. (2019) Long-term trends in terrestrial and marine invertebrate exploitation on the Eastern African Coast: Insights from Kuumbi Cave, Zanzibar.  Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology 14: 479-514
  • Shipton, C., Roberts, P., Archer, W., Armitage, S., Bita, C., Blinkhorn, J., Courtney-Mustaphi, C., Crowther, A., Curtis, R., d’Errico, F., Douka, K., Faulkner, P., Groucutt, H.S., Helm, R., Herries, A.I.R., Jembe, S., Kourampas, N., Lee-Thorp, J., Marchant, R., Mercader, J., Pitarch Marti, A., Prendergast, M., Rowson, B., Tengeza, A., Tibesasa, R., White, T.S., Petraglia, M.D., Boivin, N.  78,000-year-old record of Middle and Later Stone Age innovation in an East African tropical forest (2018) Nature Communications 9: 1832
  • Skoglund, P., Thompson, J., Prendergast, M.E., Mittnik, A., Sirak, K., Hajdinjak, M., Salie, T., Rohland, N., Mallick, S., Peltzer, A., Heinze, A.,  Olade, I., Ferry, M., Harney, E., Michel, M., Stewardson, K., Cerezo-Roman, J.,  Chiumia, C., Crowther, A., Gomani-Chindebvu, E., Gidna, A.O., Grillo, K.M., Hellenthal, G., Helm, R., Horton, M., Lopez, S., Mabulla, A.Z.P., Parkington, J., Prendergast, M.E., Ramesar, R., Shipton, C., Tibesasa, R., Welling, M., Hayes, V., Kennet, D.J., Ramesar, R., Meyer, M., Pääbo, S., Patterson, N., Morris, A., Boivin, N., Pinhasi, R., Krause, J., Reich, D.  (2017) Reconstructing African prehistoric population structure.  Cell 171: 59-71
  • Prendergast, M.E., Buckley, M., Crowther, A., Eager, H., Frantz, L., Lebrasseur, O., Hutterer, R., Hulme-Beaman, A., Van Neer, W., Douka, K., Veall, M-A., Quintana Morales, E.M., Schuenemann, V.J., Reiter, E., Allen, R., Helm, R., Shipton, C., Mwebi, O., Denys, C., Horton, M., Wynne-Jones, S., Fleisher, J., Radimilahy, C., Wright, H., Searle, J.B., Krause, J., Larson, G., Boivin, N.L. (2017) Reconstructing Asian faunal introductions to eastern Africa from multi-proxy biomolecular and archaeological datasets.  PLOS One 12: e0182565


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