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Title:The irrigation system of the Pokot, northwest Kenya
Author:Davies, Matthew
Year:2008
Periodical:Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa (ISSN 1945-5534)
Volume:43
Pages:50-76
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs., ills., maps
Geographic terms:Kenya
East Africa
Subjects:archaeology
irrigation
Suk
History, Archaeology
Suk (African people)--History
Archaeological surveying
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/00672700809480459
Abstract:Archaeological research in the Wei wei Valley, West Pokot District, Kenya, was undertaken between January 2006 and April 2007 with the aim of assessing the history and development of the indigenous, precolonial irrigation system of the agricultural Pokot and its associated settlement pattern. Fifty-nine contemporary and thirteen abandoned irrigation furrows were mapped with GPS and oral data collected concerning their construction, management and history. Alongside this, thirteen transect surveys recording both contemporary and abandoned settlements were conducted to assess the history of the settlement pattern associated with the irrigation system. This was followed by a series of excavations aimed at placing the settlement chronology on a more absolute footing. This paper presents the outline results of research into the irrigation system, including an assessment of its chronology of construction based on oral histories and absolute dates. Such research is imperative for better understanding the long-term nature of indigenous agronomies and developing more sustainable approaches to East African systems of production. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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