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Title:Prehistory in the Upper Nile Basin
Author:Robertshaw, PeterISNI
Year:1987
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Volume:28
Issue:2
Pages:177-189
Language:English
Geographic term:Sudan
Subjects:archaeology
prehistory
History and Exploration
Anthropology and Archaeology
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/181545
Abstract:The results of recent archaeological research in the Upper Nile basin (Sudan) are summarized and placed within the context of the anthropological-historical debate concerning the origins of the Nuer, Dinka and Atuot as distinct ethnic groupings The archaeological evidence demonstrates a considerable antiquity for cattlekeeping in the region, the existence of what appears to be a very widespread cultural tradition in the late first millennium AD characterized by a distinctive form of burial, and a hiatus in settlement in the area east of Rumbek early in the present millennium, possibly around the time when humped cattle were introduced further north. The implications of these data for the explanation of the origins of the Luo migrations are discussed. Notes, ref.
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