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Lecture - Megalithic Cemeteries of the Turkana Basin7:00 pm at University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, Cartwright Center, Port O'CallTuesday, September 16, 2014Lecture
Approximately 5,000 years ago, the first group of cattle herders in eastern Africa moved into the Turkana Basin of northwestern Kenya. This group built large megalithic “pillar sites” at several places surrounding Lake Turkana, and these pillar sites have intrigued archaeologists for nearly fifty years. New excavations reveal that many of these sites were large communal cemeteries. This talk will detail these exciting results, and will conclude with discussion about the enduring legacy of the pillar-site builders. Call MVAC at 608-785-8454 or e-mail for more information.
Speaker: Dr. Katherine Grillo, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology/Archaeology, UW-L; MVAC Research Associate