Nick Brooks is giving a short (30 minute) talk about Western Sahara and the work of the Western Sahara Project on Thursday 25 April at a lunchtime in the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (scva.org.uk) at UEA, to accompany a small photographic exhibition on the work of the Western Sahara Project. The talk is informal and aimed at the public. Details of the talk are given below, and directions here.
Climate, culture and colonisation in Western Sahara – the past 10,000 years.
At the next SCVA lunchtime talk on Thursday 25 April, Dr Nick Brooks will talk about the archaeology of Western Sahara, and how it relates to changes in climate over the past 10,000 years, during which time the Sahara underwent a transition from humid Savannah to arid desert. Nick will talk about evidence for past environmental change in the Sahara, aspects of the archaeological record including rock art and ‘megalithic’ monuments, and how changes in climate and environment affected the way prehistoric people lived in the desert. He will also discuss the challenges of working in a conflict zone whose post-colonial status is still unresolved. The talk will draw on fieldwork conducted as part of the UEA’s Western Sahara Project, which Nick co-directs with Dr Joanne Clarke.