For Immediate Release
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January 19, 1999
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Man-Eating Lions and East African Hunters/Gatherers Revisited

 While participating on a project identifying sites associated with man-eating lions responsible for the deaths of 100 railway workers a century ago in Kenya, Field Museum assistant curator of African archaeology and ethnography Chapuruhka Kusimba also discovered human habitation sites occupied a thousand years earlier.

Kusimba, who has a Ph.D. in anthropology from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, will detail the lives of the people from the discovered sites in Iron Age in Africa PreHistory: Trade and Human Adaption in Pre-colonial Tvaso, Kenya at Indiana University Northwest on February 25 at 4 p.m. in Hawthorn, Room 219.

Sponsored by the IU Northwest Anthropology Club and Student Activities Fund, the presentation will give insight into the lives of these hunter/gatherers of the Kenyan interior. Kusimba will also discuss their social and economic relationships with more urban emerging coastal polities, as well as East African paleoecology and African definitions of ethnicity as found in the archaeological record.

Born in Uganda and raised in Kenya, Kusimba is also an adjunct faculty member at University of Illinois at Chicago. His research has focused on East African prehistory, particularly the Late Stone Age and Iron Age which encompasses the last several thousand years.

For more information on the program or IU Northwest department of anthropology, contact Dr. Bob Mucci at 219-980-6607.


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