INMOZ – Quaternary environmental changes in Inhambane, Southeastern Mozambique, and their role in human evolution
|PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR||Ana Gomes|
|FUNDING INSTITUTION||FUNDAÇÃO PARA A CIÊNCIA E TECNOLOGIA (PORTUGAL)|
|DURATION||3 years (2018-2021)|
InMoz investigates Quaternary environmental changes in southeast Mozambique and its impacts on human evolution.
Southeastern Mozambique is a key place for modern human origins and evolution research due to its proximity to multiple nearby regions of great palaeoanthropological significance. Hundreds of new archaeological sites have also been discovered in this area in recent years.
There are very few palaeoenvironmental studies in the low latitudes of the Southern Hemisphere–especially in Mozambique. Integration of archaeological and paleonenvironmental research is also extremely rare in the region.
InMoz studies the Quaternary environmental evolution of this area and its forcing factors (including global climate change and local forcers). The project seeks to better understand global spatial climate patterns and forcing processes; understand how climate and environmental changes influenced human evolution and human settlement patterns in the Inhambane area; and shed light on landscape modification due to human activities such as agriculture.
The Inhambane region is especially rich in suitable environments for prehistoric human settlement (including lakes, mangroves, beaches, providing resources such as freshwater, food and raw materials), and its great archaeological potential is being investigated by another project run by our team.