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Tim Clack launches new book on Ethiopian/Kenyan borderlands

Over the weekend, Dr Timothy Clack launched his new book, The River: Peoples and Histories of the Omo-Turkana Area, at the ‘Africa Research Day’ at the McDonald Institute, University of Cambridge. Edited with Dr Marcus Brittain (Cambridge University), the book integrates voices from anthropology, archaeology, development studies, history and politics. 

Dr Richard Leakey, the Kenyan politician, conservationist and palaeoanthropologist has called the compilation, ‘a timely and crucial landmark in the pages of African history and archaeology’.

The Omo-Turkana area is unlike any place on earth. Spanning parts of Ethiopia, South Sudan and Kenya, the area is today home to a unique diversity of peoples and cultures. Extraordinary fossil finds from the locale have illuminated the evolutionary origins of our species and archaeological and historical evidence has demonstrated it has been a dynamic crossroads of peoples, languages and identities for millennia. 

Over the past two decades, development interventions have transformed the environment and presented a threat to local forms of material and intangible heritage. Many local groups now face challenges to the long-term sustainability of their traditional ways of life. Recognising the Omo-Turkana area as a crucial resource of global heritage, the book also highlights its current vulnerability.

Dr Clack's latest book is Open Access, meaning the full text is available for free download here.

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The River: Peoples and Histories of the Omo-Turkana Area