Eep. It’s been almost a month since I updated the blog. I decided I was more interested in gong back to the beginning than in keeping up with current events, so that means going back to early prehistory.
I also wanted to push the development of interconnections, and I finally have a more or less continuous ladder. We’ll see how that goes.
The story begins in Central East African peoples, on the west side of Lake Turkana, in Kenya. This region has the oldest and largest known collection of human and prehuman fossils. Whether this is because this is the true site of the origins of mankind, whether it is because conditions for fossilization and preservation of remains have been better in this region than in others, whether it is because the fossils are easier to find, or whether it is because anthropologists have been looking for them more than in other areas, or because of some combination of these factors is not entirely clear. In any case, it makes a convenient starting point. From this point in Kenya, I can go northward into Ethiopia, northwestward into South Sudan and the Nile watershed, westward into Uganda, southward into Tanzania, and eastward into Somalia. From there, we shall see what happens.