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Contest Entry: Laurie Darcus

November 07, 2013
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We're sharing the contest entries from our Show Us Your Research grad student photo competition.

This photo, taken in northern Ethiopia, is entitled "The Ethnoarchaeology of Grinding Stones: Lemlem educates Laurie". It is from Laurie Darcus, Department of Archaeology, who writes:

I am conducting research on modern traditional grinding stones in northern Ethiopia, using an ethnoarchaeological approach. Grinding stones have been in use by humans in food processing all over the world since the middle stone age (approx. 250,000 years ago).

My research question is: How can the study of modern grindingstone technology contribute to our understanding of current and past cultures?

In some remote areas, such as northern Ethiopia where this photo was taken, these important tools have only recently been abandoned and knowledge is still accessible.

Here Lemlem is describing her grinding stones and how she uses them to me.

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