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Department of Archaeology


This project is examining resource landscapes and urban transition on Zanzibar during two major periods of urban growth. Fieldwork at Unguja Ukuu (7th–15th centuries) and Tumbatu (11th–15th centuries) on Zanzibar is exploring domestic contexts and investigating resource uses supporting the development of towns.

Geoarchaeological surveys and analyses are developing new multi-scalar sampling strategies for mapping and tracing land, water and building material resources for settlement, and their uses within houses.

This three-year project (2019–2022) is led by (PI) Stephanie Wynne-Jones (Department of Archaeology, University of York) and funded by the Leverhulme Trust (2019-2022).

For general enquires, contact Federica Sulas.

Team Members

Project Leads:

Stephanie Wynne-Jones

Federica Sulas

Michelle Alexander


Team Members:

Thomas Fitton

Mik Lisowski


Leverhulme Trust

Project Tags

Environment, Landscapes and Settlement
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Biomolecular Archaeology
Artefact Analysis & Technology
Environmental Archaeology, Geoarchaeology, and Landscape studies
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