First contact with Botswana’s southern drylands: A possible spin-off?

Although RAINDROPS has its own well-established three case studies, one of use has made a discreet foray into South African archaeology and ethnoarchaeology. Southern African drylands are, in fact, extremely suited to ethnoarchaological and archaeobotanical approaches, and thanks to the support of Wits University, the University of Pretoria, and the University of Botswana, a first field season has been recently accomplished. A team from UPF and Wits visited some rural Tswana settlements, and learn about traditional rain-fed agricultural practices. Soil samples were taken in a systematic way throughout a Tswana household including a hut, a kitchen, a granary, and other features. We sampled al

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