How Ancient Herding Communities Shaped the African Plains | EOS Blog


Every year, millions of tourists travel to east Africa to watch millions of wildebeest, zebra, and other animals travel across the plains in one of the last “pristine” environments in world. 

What they might not realise is that around 3,500 years ago, this area of the world was also home to people who primarily subsisted on food produced by their cattle, sheep, and goats. Although these migrations of wildlife are often foremost in popular imaginings of the east African plains, a growing body of research shows that both ancient and modern pastoral societies have also had a hand in shaping parts of the east African grasslands.

Dr Michael Storozum, a Research Fellow at the Earth Observatory of Singapore (Source: Antoinette Jade/Earth Observatory of Singapore)

A team of archaeologists, including Dr Michael Storozum, a Research Fellow at the Earth Observatory of Singapore, recently published a paper in Nature, that…

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