First fieldwork in Sindh: checking potential locations for ethnoarchaeology and isotopes transects

The main aim of this first fieldwork is very much to organise future fieldworks. The targets of this trip are mainly two. On the one hand we need to find suitable locations for the ethnoarcaheological work; on the other hand we need to understand practical aspects for the isotope transect. For ethnoarchaeology, the idea is to contact some farmers who still cultivate millets without irrigation. From preliminary work conducted looking a satellite images, the best area for this seems to be the fringe of Thar Desert. Simply by looking at GoogleEarth temporal images, it is possible to spot some permanent and semi-permanents villages and compounds. It is usually believed that these villages are pa

We are going to Pakistan

Next week I am going to Pakistan for the first project's fieldwork. Actually, it's three projects' fieldwork combined: RAINDROPS (keep reading the blog for more details), ModAgro and PaleoAsia. The three projects are very interrelated as they approach similar research questions from different perspectives and with overlapping, yet different chronologies that will en up covering from the Pleistocene to modern times. ModAgro (Modelling the Agricultural Origins and Urbanism in South Asia) is a project of Universitat Pompeu Fabra, which studies long-term human-environment interactions in Sindh from the Late Pleistocene throughout the Early and Middle Holocene. The plan is to survey and excavate

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