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Rice University (Houston, TX 77005-1827)
Jeffrey Barnet Fleisher (Project Director: December 2017 to present)
Kathryn M. de Luna (Co Project Director: January 2018 to present)
Matthew C. Pawlowicz (Co Project Director: January 2018 to present)
The Demographics of Pre-History: South Central Africa Through Archaeology and Linguistics

Archaeological and linguistic research leading to a study of migration patterns in central Africa, 500-1500 CE.

The proposed project reconstructs the cultural history of mobility in south central Africa between the 6th and 16th centuries. Language shift and human migration have long served as explanations for the expansions of language families and populations. This project will be the first to study human mobility in such demographic histories as a historical problem in its own right, capturing the motives and contingencies that shaped changing forms of and ideas about mobility and, as a result, actually changed the pace and path of the larger expansion process. Such research on human mobility is only feasible with the creation of an interdisciplinary archive linking archaeological, ecological, ethnohistorical, and historical linguistic data. Each dataset will be developed at research sites in Zambia, a place lacking the traditional archives of humanistic research. The project illuminates the material, political, and cognitive lives of people who shaped the demographic history in this region.

Project fields:
African History; Anthropology; Linguistics

Collaborative Research

Research Programs

$209,724 (approved)
$209,724 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2019 – 12/31/2023