Intensification and Protohistoric Agropastoral Systems in East Africa

  • Sibel B. Kusimba
  • Chapurukha M. Kusimba
Part of the Studies in Human Ecology and Adaptation book series (STHE, volume 3)


Agricultural systems can become complex in many different ways; nor do they necessarily intensify. In local histories, people employ varying agricultural strategies over time. In East Africa, the archaeological and ethnographic records demonstrate considerable variation in the use of extensive and intensive agricultural methods. After defining our terms, we will review some African examples of intensive agricultural systems and their comparative value in studying intensification. We will present an archaeological and ethnographic example of intensive agropastoral production from Mount Kasigau in the Taita Hills of southwestern Kenya.


Labor Input Irrigation Canal Agricultural Intensification Furrow Irrigation Intensive System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sibel B. Kusimba
  • Chapurukha M. Kusimba
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyNorthern Illinois UniversityDeKalb
  2. 2.Department of Anthropol ogyField Museum of Natural HistoryChicago

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