Locked Out! - Updates from Deep Roots

Posted on: 19 May 2020 by Professor Larry Barham in 2020 posts

Professor Larry Barham updates us on the Deep Roots project.
Professor Larry Barham updates us on the Deep Roots project.

Professor Larry Barham provides an update from the 'Deep Roots' project under lock-down, from his lab in the garden. Professor Barham and his team's four year project investigates the deep roots of increasingly complex human behaviour in Africa, with excavations at key sites in Zambia.

"Hello muli bwanji.

Welcome to deep roots 2020, COVID updates.

Some bad news and some good news.

Bad news first.

Our final season in Zambia is postponed, until 2021, which means no chance to work with great colleagues in Zambia, no chance to give students great field experience, and because the university labs are shut, there's no opportunity for us to finish the analyses on artefacts like this, a cleaver from Kalambo falls.

Good news. The dating team is finalising its results, and we have a great story to tell, but I can't share that with you just yet.

And finally, I'm working with ethnolinguist, Professor Dan Everett, on the evolution of language and how it links to artefacts like this [cleavers].

That's it for now, stay safe, keep alert, and think of others. Bye!"


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