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Dawit Desta

Dawit Desta

I am a PhD student of Prehistoric Archeology in the Department of Human Evolution at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. My research focuses on the reanalysis of the Early stone Age(ESA) and Acheulean artifacts from Ethiopian sites housed in the National Museum of Ethiopia.

Many of the famous Ethiopian ESA sites were discovered and excavated between the 1960s and 1990s (e.g., Melka Kunture, Gedeb, Konso Gardulla). This research was conducted with disparate criteria of analysis, resulting in several disparate publications. In addition to what has been pointed out above, comparative research on typological and technological aspects of these lithic collections from different Ethiopian sites is lacking.Yet, still larger portions of many of these assemblages have been stored in the National Museum of Ethiopia for many years, without receiving reanalysis in light of current research trends.

The analysis of such ESA collections with current research approaches will, no doubt, generally contribute to our understanding of the wider period under discussion.This period needs further investigation especially in order to understand the development of hominin cognitive abilities and technological transition.

I beleive the results of my research will help further the current understanding of ESA technologies in a context where they made their earliest appearance. In addition to this, my research interests are combined with curatorial demands, as my systematic study of the museumís collections will help to make a proper inventory and better curation of large stone tool collections neglected so far.

Department of Human Evolution
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
D-04103 Leipzig

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