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I am interested in studying variation in hunter-gatherer socio-economic organization, possible causes for this variation, and ways we might recognize socio-economic variation in the archaeological record. My research focuses on a prehistoric, East African hunter-gatherer group, known as the Kansyore. Kansyore hunter-gatherers are of considerable anthropological interest because they are associated with highly decorated and abundant ceramics, a relatively intensive lacustrine subsistence, and relatively intense occupation episodes.
In the summer of 2001, I spent time in the National Museums of Kenya analyzing ceramics and other Kansyore material recovered from excavations I conducted in 2000. In addition to my hunter-gatherer research, I have also undertaken an ethnoarchaeological study of Ugandan potters, which included a petrological study of the ceramic temper, and other archaeological projects in East Africa.
2000 Recent Archaeological Investigation of Kansyore Sites in Western Kenya. Azania XXXV, p.. 204-207.
Dale, Darla, Marshall, Fiona, and T. Pilgram
Dale, D., Marshall F. and T. Pilgram. 2004 Delayed-Return Hunter-Gatherers in Africa? Historic Perspectives from the Okiek and Archaeological Perspectives from the Kansyore. In Hunters and Gatherers in Theory and Archaeology. G. Crothers Ed. Chapter 15, pp. 340-375. Center for Archaeological Investigations Occasional Paper 31, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.
Dale, Darla and Ashley, Ceri Z.
Dale, Darla and Ashley, Ceri Z.(2010) 'Holocene hunter-fisher-gatherer communities: new perspectives on Kansyore Using communities of Western Kenya', Azania:Archaeological Research in Africa, 45:1, 24-48.