Degsew Zerihun

Doctoral Student

Interdisciplinary Center for Archaeology and Evolution of Human Behaviour (ICArEHB)
Faculdade de Ciências Humanas e Sociais
Universidade do Algarve
Campus de Gambelas
8005-139 Faro

Archaeology Researcher

Authority for research and conservation of cultural heritage(National Museum of Ethiopia)

Cultural research Directorate

Research Interests

I am interested in the following areas of archaeology

  • African Archaeology
  • Neolithic Archaeology
  • Plant and Human Culture
  • Paleobotany
  • Palynology

Short Bio

I got my BA Degree in Archaeology and Heritage Management from Addis Ababa University in 2012, and My MA from the same university and department in 2015. For my master’s dissertation, I was focused on the ethnoarchaeological study of wild edible and medicinal plants from Aba’ala, Afar, Ethiopia, to understand early food production. In 2018, I got a scholarship from the European Union. I enrolled in the archaeological material sciences program for a master of sciences. For my dissertation, I conducted research entitled “Non-Pollen Palynomorphs from the Tiber delta area as indicators of past human activity.” Since 2015 I am working as an Archaeology researcher at the Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage (National Museum of Ethiopia) in Addis Ababa. I am responsible for documenting, curation, researching, and conservation of the country’s cultural heritage. Since then, I have been involved in various international and national archaeological and paleontological projects. In 2020, I received the ICArEHB Ph.D. fellowship funded by FCT with the project title of Reconstructing the environmental and agricultural history of the Pre-Aksumite site of Shire:
A multiple palaeobotanical and Environmental proxies (Supervisors Dr. Ana Gomes and Dr. Hugo Oliveira).

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Key Publications

  • Tadele S, Degsew Z, Blade E, Fantahun Z, Seminew A, Bisrat G, Misganaw G .2016. A Catalogue on Ethiopian Archaeological and Paleontological Research Sites, Volume I- Afar, ELMES printing press, Addis Ababa-Ethiopia.
  • Degsew Z, Fantahun Z, Dawit T, Bisrat G, Misganaw G, Seminew .2017. Ethiopian archaeological and paleontological sites catalogue Volume II (Oromia, Dire Dawa and Harar regions).
  • Timothy, I, Nadia K, Rachel M, & Degsew Z. 2017. Archaeological Survey and Excavations, Harlaa, Dire Dawa, Ethiopia January-February 2017. A preliminary Fieldwork Report. Nyame Akuma.
  • Degsew Z, Fantahun Z, Dawit T, Bistrat G, Misganaw G, Seminew A, Haftom Birhane.2018. Ethiopian archaeological and Paleontological sites catalogue Volume III (Amhara and Tigray Regions).