Fiona Marshall

James W. and Jean L. Davis Professor in Arts and Sciences

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Biography

As an Old World prehistorian, Marshall’s research focuses on two issues: early hominid lifeways, and the origins and spread of pastoralism in Africa. She has explored these topics through survey and excavation, principally in the Loita-Mara area of southwestern Kenya, and through zooarchaeological studies of faunas excavated from archaeological sites. She has also undertaken ethnoarchaeological field work designed to investigate factors that affect body part representation in archaeological sites, and alternative pathways to food production among Okiek hunter-gatherers of the western Mau Escarpment, Kenya. Marshall has been involved in a major conservation project at Laetoli, and is currently conducting zooarchaeological research on the timing of the appearance of early domestic animals in Ethiopia.

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House mouse from a Maasai village

Mouse in the house tells tale of human settlement

Long before the advent of agriculture, hunter gatherers began putting down roots in the Middle East, building more permanent homes and altering the ecological balance in ways that allowed the common house mouse to flourish, suggest new research in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences