Analysis of Pastoralist Settlement Patterns in Eastern Djibouti (ca. 1200–500 BP)


This is an abstract from the "SAA 2019: General Sessions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

River drainages have long been loci of seasonal migration and settlement for pastoralist societies in the Horn of Africa. Dotted with pastoralist camp sites, eastern Djibouti’s Amboule River drainage is an ideal location to study long-term pastoralist settlement dynamics at a sub-regional scale. In 2017 and 2018, as part of a systematic survey of pastoralist sites in the eastern Amboule River drainage, archaeologists from William & Mary and NAVFAC identified and mapped dozens of previously unrecorded pastoralist sites near the Chabelley Airport. This poster summarizes the results of those surveys, and uses GIS to develop preliminary understandings of the feature typology and settlement ecology of pastoralism in eastern Djibouti (ca. 1200–500 BP).

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Analysis of Pastoralist Settlement Patterns in Eastern Djibouti (ca. 1200–500 BP). Madeleine Bassett, Bruce J. Larson, Hayden Bassett, Christopher P. Chilton, Neil L. Norman. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 450013)

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min long: 32.432; min lat: -5.003 ; max long: 54.053; max lat: 18.062 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 26192