Lorraine Hu

Graduate Student of Archaeology

Research Interests

My research focuses on the mortuary landscape of early pastoralists in East Africa c. 3000-1000 BP.  I am interested in reconstructing cremation processes at various sites by integrating geoarchaeological and osteological analyses to explore questions regarding pyre technology, temporality, and body treatment. The aim of my research is to study variability in the production of cremation burials in order to identify points of shared practice or localized differences among various pastoralist communities.

Selected Publications

2018 Marshall, Fiona, Rachel EB Reid, Steven Goldstein, Michael Storozum, Andrew Wreschnig, Lorraine Hu, Purity Kiura, Ruth Shahack-Gross & Stanley H. Ambrose. Ancient Herders Enriched and Restructured African Grasslands. Nature 561(7723): 387-390.  https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-018-0456-9.


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