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Anthropological Models for a Reconstruction of the First African Frontier

SFB 806 Our Way to Europe - Project E3

Researcher: Prof. Dr. Thomas Widlok, Prof. Dr. Michael Bollig

The concept of the "first African frontier" relates to movements of hunter-gatherers within and out of Africa.

In the first two CRC-phases, the E3 project was focused on external constraints of hunter-gatherer mobility like ecological and political constraints. Based on previous fieldwork and agent-based modelling underlying principles of forager mobility in Africa will be investigated in terms of ‘decision-making’ and ‘cultural mapping’, i.e. the social understanding of landscape, highlighting internal cultural models of hunter-gatherer mobility as opposed to previously considered external ones.