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Anthropology Colloquium Series-Fall 2022

Hominin Dispersal Pathways: A view from the Red Sea basin

Description:  Recent decades have seen increased interest in the timing and ecological conditions that facilitated hominin (early human) dispersal events out of Africa, in part because "dispersal" is becoming a useful concept for explaining the roots of modern human biocultural diversity. One of the unresolved questions concerns the geographic route/routes that hominins used during their expansion from Africa into Eurasia. The Red Sea basin stands out as a plausible setting for testing various scenarios about hominin dispersal history out of Africa. Drawing on results of recent fieldworks in the Red Sea coastal regions of the Sudan and Eritrea, this talk will highlight the emerging picture about the Stone Age record of the western periphery of the Red Sea, and the implications of the recovered data for assessing the region's role as a hominin habitat and dispersal conduit.

Bio:  Dr. Amanuel Beyin is a broadly trained prehistoric archaeologist. His research interests encompass Out-of-Africa hominin dispersal history, stone tool technology, the development of modern human behavior, and early Holocene hunter-gatherer adaptations in northeast Africa. He has developed successful projects in the Red Sea coastal regions of Eritrea and Sudan, the Turkana Basin of northern Kenya, and along the Kilwa coast of Tanzania. In 2017, Beyin launched a collaborative project on the Red Sea coast of the Sudan for which he was awarded grants from the National Geographic Society and the National Science Foundation. The project aims to find Paleolithic sites that provide insight into early human adaptations in the western periphery of the Red Sea. The project to date has documented five sites and numerous low-density lithic scatters on diverse landscape settings. Beyin’s work has been published in various journals, including Quaternary Science Reviews, Evolutionary Anthropology, Journal of Field Archaeology, Journal of Archaeological Science, African Archaeological Review, and Quaternary International. He earned a B.A. in Archaeology from the University of Asmara, Eritrea, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Stony Brook University, New York, where he also pursued two years of postdoctoral study at the Turkana Basin Institute.


College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Anthropology
University of Kentucky
HEVA Human Evolution & Virtual Anthropology Lab





WT Young Athletics Association Auditorium
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Geography Awareness Month, Y'all!

Wildly Geo

Welcome to Geography Awareness Month! We're hosting a series events that explore the diverse interests of our department. Normally, Geography Awareness Week is the week before Thanksgiving. We have so much geo goodness, we can't keep it to one week. Check out this short presentation.


Each Wednesday at 3 pm (EDT), a short synchronous event will announce the week's geo challenge. To encourage participation, we'll do a raffle for free maps!
  • October 28: UKy Geography Map & Data Visualization Contest
  • November 4:The "Wildcat" Geocache
  • November 11: The Lexington Rephotography Scavenger Hunt
  • November 18: GIS Day


  • October 28th, 5 - 6pm EDT. Garrett Nelson, Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library. "Cartography from the Fifteenth Century to the Twenty-Second Century: A Tour of Past and Future Maps at the Leventhal Center."
  • November 10th, 5 - 6pm EST. Meghan Kelly, Department of Geography, UW-Madison. "Feminist Icon Design Workshops." 
  • November 11th, 5 - 6pm EST. John Branigan, Mapbox. "Working with Mapbox Vector Tiles."
  • November 12th, 5 - 6pm EST. Ryan Cooper, GIS Analyst with Raleigh Parks & Rec. "Python for More Equitable Park Access." 
  • November 18th, 5 - 6pm EST. Eric Huntley, Lecturer in Urban Studies and Planning in the department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, Visiting Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. "Mapping Up."

Call for participation

Other events are highly encouraged. GIS Day needs presenters. Is it you?

The month of events offers many ways to participate. You can host an event(s), submitting a slide deck or recording to showcase on this web page, donate swag for raffles, and offer suggestions.

Use the Google Form below to participate in any way you want. Fill the Google Form: if you would like to participate. 



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