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Harry V. Merrick

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
77 Massachusetts Ave., Room 8-436
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 253-6087

Lecturer in Archaeology

Research interests include prehistory of eastern Africa from the earliest Early Stone Age to the advent of agriculture and pastoralism (Pastoral Neolithic). Particular interests include stone technology, the chemical study of obsidian sources and artifacts in Kenya and northern Tanzania, the nature of the Middle to Later Stone Age transition and the advent of modern human behavior, and the nature of Pastoral Neolithic settlement and burial practices.

Selected Publications

Merrick, H.V., F.H. Brown and W. Nash. 1994 Use and Movement of Obsidian in the Early and Middle Stone Ages of Kenya and Northern Tanzania. In Society, Culture and Technology in Africa, S.T. Childs (Ed.), pp. 29-44. Philadelphia: MASCA Research Papers in Science and Archaeology Vol. 11 (Supplement).

Merrick, H.V. and F.H. Brown. 1984 Obsidian Sources and Patterns of Source Utilization in Kenya and Northern Tanzania: Some Initial Findings. African Archaeological Review 2:129-52.

1976 Recent Archaeological Research in the Plio-Pleistocene Deposits of the Lower Omo Valley, Southwestern Ethiopia. In Human Origins: Louis Leakey and the East African Evidence. G.Ll. Isaac and E.R. McCown, (Eds.), pp. 460-481. Menlo Park: W.A. Benjamin Inc.