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The team

Principal investigators

Prof. Dr. Eleftheria Paliou

 

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Dr. Eleftheria Paliou, Professor of Computational Archaeology (Archäoinformatik) at the University of Cologne, is involved in the development and application of computational methods in archaeology. Her research focuses on investigating the fresh lines of archaeological enquiry these methods encourage, as well as their conceptual contribution to the social analysis of built environments and cultural landscapes. Her work is more widely concerned with the relationship between spatial and social organization in prehistoric and historic cultures, and the ways in which past societies conceptualize and attribute meanings to their environment.

 

Dr. Tilman Lenssen-Erz

 

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Dr Tilman Lenssen-Erz is an archaeologist with a focus on prehistoric rock art in Africa. In recent years his research has shifted from rock art documentation and contextual archaeology to scientific cooperation with indigenous trackers. This has led from reading prehistoric footprints in French picture caves (Tracking in Caves, which allowed the exact reconstruction of human activities in the Pleistocene) to the IKAi project. In addition, he was and still is leading projects on research data management and digital archiving (AAArC, SPP Entangled Africa).

 

Scientific staff

Oliver Vogels

 

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Oliver Vogels is an archaeologist focusing on prehistoric rock art, hunter-gatherer subsistence strategies, landscape archaeology and prehistoric musical cultures. His previous research work includes participation in rock art documentation and analysis (Dâureb/Brandberg (Namibia), Wadi Sura Cave, Egypt), as well as in archaeological excavations of Pleistocene hunter-gatherer sites (CRC 806 project B1), and project coordination (CRC 806 project Z1). In his dissertation, he deals with the question of land use patterns of prehistoric hunter-gatherers in the Dâureb/Brandberg, using spatial and statistical analyses of rock art sites.

Indigenous trackers

Jan Tsumib

 

 

 

 

 

Traditionally trained, professional tracker of the Hai//om, was born in Etosha before he and the other traditional inhabitants were forcibly resettled in 1954 because of the nature park declaration. He later worked as a game warden and tracker for the park administration. Since the year 2000 participant in an ethnohistorical project of the University of Cologne (SFB 389 ACACIA) on the history of the Hai//om in Etosha.

 

Ui Kxunta

 

 

 

 

 

Traditionally trained, professional tracker from the Nyae Nyae region in the Kalahari. Certified as Master Tracker (highest level) according to the South African CyberTracker System. Tracker for many years in various companies for trophy hunting. Since 2013 he is also working in the scientific project Tracking in Caves, in which prehistoric footprints are analysed.

Thui Thao

 

 

 

 

 

Traditionally trained, professional tracker from the Nyae Nyae region in the Kalahari. Certified as Master Tracker (highest level) according to the South African CyberTracker System. Tracker for many years in various companies for trophy hunting. Participated in a study in the 1990s, in which the reliability of tracking responses was examined (result 95-98% correct response)[1]. Since 2013 he is working in the scientific project Tracking in Caves.

Tsamkxao Ciqae

 

 

 

 

 

Traditionally trained tracker of the younger generation from Tsumkwe. Certified as Namibian Tour Guide (Level 2). Many years of experience as a guide, today he runs his own tourism company, which provides experience with traditional San lifestyles. In addition to tracking, he is responsible for translations and logistical tasks. Since 2013 he is working in the scientific project Tracking in Caves.

Calph Daqm Tsamkxao

 

 

 

 

 

The youngest of the trackers from the Kalahari in the IKAi team. Grown up in Tsumkwe with a wealth of experience in hunting and despite his young age an excellent tracker.

Student assistants

Simon Kellers

 

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Simon Kellers is a Master's student at the University of Cologne and a student assistant in the IKAi project, responsible for the cybertracker database, audio and video recordings, and mapping the ground conditions in GIS. His research interests are in the field of the older Stone Age, archaeoinformatics and excavation technology. He wrote his bachelor's thesis on pits from the Magdalenién open-air site of Bad-Kösen Lengefeld.

Associated researchers

Kaarina Shagwanepandulo Efraim

 

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Kaarina S. Efraim, is curator for archaeology at the Natinal Museum of Namibia in Windhoek. Her research focuses on the integration of the public into archaeological research. She is also dealing with this topic in her master's thesis.

References

  1. Stander, P.E., Ghau, //., Tsisaba, D., ǂOma, //., /Ui, /., 1997. Tracking and the interpretation of spoor: a scientifically sound method in ecology. Journal of Zoology 242, 329–341. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.1997.tb05805.x

 

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