Alison Crowther is a senior lecturer in archaeology at The University of Queensland in Australia, where she received her doctoral degree in 2009. Her research interests include the archaeobotany of early agriculture in Africa and the Indo-Pacific, trans-regional maritime trade and crop transfers, and ancient food processing technologies. Crowther’s current research investigates the origins and development of Indian Ocean trade and interaction with a focus on coastal East Africa, where she has conducted extensive fieldwork since 2010 with theSealinks Project. She has received research funding from the Australian Research Council.
A team of archaeologists are busy learning about human evolution, symbolism, and ritual from the remains of a child laid to rest in a Kenyan cave during the Middle Stone Age—the oldest-known human burial on the African continent to date.