I am the Principal Investigator of this project, which is funded by a British Academy/Leverhulme grant, Jesus College (University of Oxford) and the Gerald Averay Wainwright Fund. The Senegal Prehistory Project is set up to investigate human evolution across three biogeographic zones in West Africa (i.e., desert edge, savannah and closed canopy forests). The project aims to engage in palaeoenvironmental reconstruction as well as archaeological research, focusing on building an ecological and chronological framework for understanding human evolution and demography across different biogeographic zones in West Africa, one of the most poorly researched regions of the continent. I am the project principle investigator, and I am responsible for coordinating the project, organizing and leading fieldwork, and conducting the artifact analyses.
Collaborators include: Dr Khadija Niang (Cheikh Anta Diop University), Dr James Blinkhorn (Max Planck Institute of the Science of Human History), Professor Maxine Kleindienst (Toronto University), Professor Nick Drake (Kings College University), Professor Mark Bateman (Sheffield University), Professor Adrian Parker (Oxford Brookes University), Dr Huw Groucutt (University of Oxford).