Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Archaeological excavation of the Iron Age site of Chepkarai-3, Kenya
by Roberts, Sarah, M.A., Northern Illinois University, 2010, 87; 1480801
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis examines a collection of pottery from the Iron-Age site of Chepkarai-3, which is located in Western Kenya near Mt. Elgon. The pottery is compared to other archaeological and modern pottery traditions in Kenya to determine how the Chepkarai-3 collection fits into the current understanding of Kenyan pottery traditions. Because of the remarkable similarities between modern pottery and pottery from Chepkarai-3, a thorough description of Bukusu pottery manufacturing is included to provide a deeper understanding of the way in which the collection from Chepkarai-3 was most likely constructed. An examination of the site is also used to discover if the inhabitants of Chepkarai-3 were part of one of the cultural mosaics that seem to have been common throughout East African history.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kusimba, Sibel
Commitee: Creamer, Winifred, Mehrer, Mark
School: Northern Illinois University
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: African Studies, Archaeology
Keywords: Archaeology, Iron age, Kenya, Mt. Elgon, Pottery
Publication Number: 1480801
ISBN: 978-1-124-19538-4
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