Deep Roots 2020 – Locked Out!

Greetings from our garden, and please turn up the volume for this brief update on the Deep Roots project during the Covid-19 lock-down.  Prof Larry

4 thoughts on “Deep Roots 2020 – Locked Out!

  1. I enjoyed the update and the bird sounds in the background. There was also a different background noise I couldn’t identify. Was it the ocean?

    Sent from my iPhone



  2. Hello Larry, Thank you very much for the message sent in agreeable surroundings. I guess with Covid 19 being worldwide a postponement of your programme in Africa was inevitable, like so many other things. I’m afraid though that even with the volume turned up to maximum on my computer the sound wasn’t very loud and I couldn’t catch everything you said. Would it be possible for you to send the message in writing?

    Have you come across Peter Godwin’s “When a Crocodile Eats the Sun” on what amounted virtually to the destruction of Zimbabwe by Robert Mugabe. Also his earlier “Mukiwa – a White Boy in Africa”, about his childhood in eastern Zimbabwe. He now lives in New York. Also Alexandra Fuller, who lived for half her life in all three of Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi, as I did in an earlier era (home and later work on the Geological Survey in Nyasaland/Malawi, school in Southern Rhodesia and work as a geologist on one of the Copperbelt mines in Zambia – but also university in S. Africa). She now lives in Wyoming. If you haven’t come across her before, look her up. They are both very good indeed. My best wishes to you both, John



    1. Dear John,

      In brief the video message was saying the excavation season is postponed until next year, but the results on the dating of the sites is near completion with a good story to tell soon. I ended with mention that I am working with an ethnolinguist on the origin of language and this part of an extended Deep Roots project.

      Thank you for the book suggestion, I hadn’t heard of this and sounds like a good read.

      Take care in this uncertain time.

      Best wishes,


      Professor L Barham Department of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology University of Liverpool 14 Abercromby Square Liverpool L69 3ZX UK

      PI on the AHRC funded ‘Deep Roots’ project – Follow my blog from the field:

      Author of From Hand to Handle: The First Industrial Revolution, Oxford University Press, 2013 Oxford University Press



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About Larry Barham

My name is Larry (Lawrence if I’m feeling formal) Barham and I'm a Professor of African Archaeology at the University of Liverpool, England, teaching evolutionary anthropology at undergraduate and postgraduate level.