The project will explore the climatic, ecological and demographic history of the enigmatic ‘Green Sahara’ to address how Holocene climate change affected broad-scale population dynamics and the role of climate as a driver in subsistence change and cultural innovation. Using a radical, interdisciplinary approach, our team will bring together new methods  - combining biomolecular and stable isotopic analysis of organic residues in prehistoric pottery to provide dietary and ecological signatures with high resolution palaeohydrological mapping and spatio-temporal modelling of ecological and archaeological data. This project is a collaborative effort between the University of Bristol and King's College London and is funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

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Fisherman on the River Niger, Mali ©

Fisherman on the River Niger, Mali © Katie Manning