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August 28, 2014

Title: An archaeological investigation in the East Acholi district of Agago, Northern Uganda: preliminary field visit

Okeny Charles Kinyera | MA (Archaeology) University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and BA (Ed) Kyambogo University, Uganda


This paper discusses an archaeological field visit in Paimol Sub County in Agago district, Northern Uganda. This first phase of my archaeological visit to Agago took place in July 2014. It was preliminary in nature and aimed at locating potential sites for future investigation and developing the necessary contacts and logistical arrangements required for future field studies. Specifically, it was aimed at locating the Ogili, Lapono, Amyel and Paimol mountain ranges proposed by J. M. Onyango-Ku-Odongo and J. B. Webster (1976) to be the Lwo ancient settlement/dispersal point out of Uganda.

Data collection methods such as documentary survey, oral interviews and archaeological survey were applied. Archaeological material such as pottery, iron smelting and board games were discovered. Preliminary evidence from this site strongly suggests a cultural link with the greater Agoro site found in Kitgum.

Okeny Charles Kinyera holds an MA (Archaeology) from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and a BA (Ed) from Kyambogo University, Uganda. He is presently an Attachee at the British Institute in Eastern Africa, Nairobi. Charles has worked in various archaeological fields throughout Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Comoros Island. He is currently developing a workable PhD topic focusing on the archaeology of the Lwo people.

Chair: Dr. Edward Pollard

Date: Friday, 29th August 2014

Time: 11 am

Venue: British Institute in Eastern Africa, Laikipia Road, Kileleshwa, Nairobi

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