Divine Fertility: Practices, Materiality and Sacred Landscapes in the Horn of Africa

The archaeology, ethnography and history of the peoples of North-East Africa, particularly Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti and Kenya. It focuses on the indigenous institutions and pre-Christian and pre-Islamic belief systems, material culture, (rock) art, rituals, practices and landscapes. It is a multidisciplinary project studying past and present ritual practices through archaeological and anthropological methodologies, historical texts, historical linguistics, ethno-botany and archaeozoology. This project examines the notion of sacred landscapes, associated rituals and material culture, both archaeological and ethnographic manifestations in the Horn of Africa.

The project is a multidisciplinary project looking at archaeology, cultural, social and medical anthropology, history and linguistics. It uses the Sufi Saint Shrine of Aw-Barkhadle in Somaliland as a departure to explore further in Somalia and Ethiopia the notion of fertility and its manifestation in practices, myths, legends and ancestors.

Resulting publications

A book is to be published by Routledge on the body of work relating to this research however, there are already original research articles published that stem from sections of this work, published in African Archaeological Review (March Issue 2015) and Anthropology & Medicine (Issue nov. 2016).