Scholars 2005

2005 Past - Archaeology

Beyin Amanuel

Beyin Afar1Beyin Kilwa1Beyin Turkana1Beyin Kilwa 2Beyin Turkana2Beyin Turkana 3

State University of New York, Stony Brook, Department of Anthropological Sciences 

"Survey of Paleolithic Sites Along the Red Sea Coast of Eritrea"


January 2017

Amanuel Beyin: Career Update, January 2017

Dan David Grant Award Year: 2005

Area of Research: Archaeology, human origins and dispersal, lithic technology, and coastal adaptation

Current Institution: University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA


In Spring 2015, I accepted a Tenure Track employment at the University of Louisville, (USA) in the capacity of Assistant Professor of Anthropology. Ever since, I have remained active in doing field and lab research in Kenya, Tanzania and recently in Ethiopia. In summer 2016, I have initiated a new field program in Tanzania, examining Late Pleistocene human adaptations along the Indian Ocean Coast of Tanzania. The field program was successful in documenting several promising sites. My team will return to the area this coming summer to excavate some of the sites in order to gather more evidence about the archaeology and chronological placement of the sites. A report about my recent reconnaissance work in Tanzania will be published soon.  

After completing my Tanzania field season, I returned to Turkana this past summer to finish up some lab work that I left unfinished in 2013. During my Turkana visit, I finished analyzing lithic assemblages from three Holocene sites that my team excavated in 2013. My Turkana project explores cultural developments of hunting-fishing communities that inhabited the shorelines of Lake Turkana between 14,000 and 6000 years ago. This time period is important for understanding the conditions that fostered the onset of food production. The results of my Turkana work are in preparation for publication in international journals.

This past December, I had the opportunity to join an international research team in an exploratory survey in the Afar depression of Ethiopia, searching for traces of early human presence in the area. The project has documented numerous stone tools in isolated-surface contexts and located coral reef sequences dating to the Late Pleistocene within the inland basin (almost 150 km from the modern shoreline of the Red Sea). The Afar depression is considered one of the gateways for early human dispersal out of Africa, and my involvement in the project has provided me an opportunity to broaden my scholarship- both theoretically and in term of professional networking.

Dan David Prize’s fellowship during my early career in Archaeology was vital to attaining all my professional achievements thus far. I say Thank You to the Dan David Prize board of trustee for placing unwavering trust in my capacity to grow this far. A few pictures highlighting my research activities are attached to this e-mail. Moreover, you can download my published articles from my personal website (



Research Photos
August 2006
Accept my warm greetings from Asmara, Eritrea. I am happy to let you know that my research is going well here as planned.
I have conducted survey and excavation works last February and March along the coast and has been productive. Attached is a pdf file with a few photos of my fieldwork.
I have about 4-months left to finish my fieldwork in Eritrea before I return to Stony Brook University next December for write-up of my dissertation.

As a recipient of the Young Researchers in Archaeology Fellowship from the Dan David Prize, I am grateful to the Foundation for approving me the award. The Dan David support has been so vital to overcome many critical situations in my ongoing research activities. I wish to extend my deep gratitude to all staff at the Dan David Prize. 

Update November 2010: 
"...everything is going well with my personal life and my career plans. I have finished my doctoral study in Spring 2009 (I believe I have notified you about it), and I am doing postdoctoral work with the Turkana Basin Institute in Stony Brook University (New York). As part of my postdoctoral requirement, I am conducting archaeological fieldwork in Northern Kenya - west side of Lake Turkana. I am exploring sites associated with early  Holocene (10,000-6,000 years before present) human lakeshore adaptation there. In fact I am writing this message from my field camp. As always, I am grateful for the Dan David Prize scholarship, which enabled me to grow this far professionally. Greetings to everyone in the Dan David Prize family.