W2 Professor and Lise Meitner Group Leader of the Pan African
Research Group, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

Senegal Prehistory Project

I was the Principal Investigator of this project, which was funded by a British Academy/Leverhulme grant, Jesus College (University of Oxford) and the Gerald Averay Wainwright Fund. The Senegal Prehistory Project was set up as a pilot project to investigate human evolution across three biogeographic zones in West Africa (i.e., desert edge, savannah and closed canopy forests). The project aimed to engage in palaeoenvironmental reconstruction as well as archaeological research, focusing on building an ecological and chronological framework for understanding human evolution and demography across different biogeographic zones in West Africa, one of the most poorly researched regions of the continent. This pilot formed the foundation for an extended programme of research across multiple countries in West Africa, which is now being conducted with my research group and collaborators. 

Collaborators: Dr Khadija Niang (Cheikh Anta Diop University), Dr James Blinkhorn (Max Planck Institute of the Science of Human History), Professor Maxine Kleindienst (Toronto University), Professor Nick Drake (Kings College University), Professor Mark Bateman (Sheffield University), Professor Adrian Parker (Oxford Brookes University), Dr Huw Groucutt (University of Oxford).


Scerri, E.M.L. The West African Stone Age. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of African History.http://africanhistory.oxfordre.com/view/10.1093/acrefore/9780190277734.001.0001/acrefore-9780190277734-e-137 (2017).

Scerri, E.M.L., Blinkhorn, J., Niang, K., Bateman, M., Groucutt, H.S. Persistence of Middle Stone Age technology to the Pleistocene/Holocene transition supports a complex hominin evolutionary scenario in West Africa. Journal of Archaeological Science Reports 11, 639-646 (2017)

Scerri, E.M.L., Blinkhorn, J., Groucutt, H.S., Niang, K. The Middle Stone Age of the Senegal River Valley. Quaternary International 408, 16–32.