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Keywords: traditional hunting, GIS, modelling, least-cost path analysis, Lévy-walks, archaeological landscapes, rock art

Research project: Indigenous Knowledge and Archaeoinformatics (IKAi)

 

funded by the "Off the beaten track" programme of VolkswagenStiftung

This three-year project, which started in 2019, aims to combine Archaeoinformatics and Indigenous Knowledge (IK) for a better understanding of hunter (gatherer) mobility in an uninhabited archaeological landscape in western Central Namibia. It takes advantage of a rare opportunity to trace the movements of indigenous tracking experts while hunting with traditional means (i.e. on foot without firearms, optical aides or hunting dogs) in a landscape rich of archaeological evidence.

The data collected on the field (GPS recorded tracks, velocity and caloric expenditure data, as well as qualitative information on decision-making) will be used to obtain unique insights into the wayfinding process as well as the physical constraints to human mobility during hunting. In turn, these insights will be used to inform computational models of hunter gatherer mobility in open landscapes (cost surface models, Lévy walks) so that they are better tailored to the needs of archaeology, and hunter gatherer research in particular.

 

More info: Aims and objectives