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Akinbowale received a BSc in Archaeology/Geography (Combined Honours) from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria in 2010 and completed an MSc in Environmental Archaeology in 2014 from the same institution. He also studied for an MSc in Environmental Management at Pan African University, Institute of Life and Earth Sciences, Nigeria in 2015. He then proceeded for his PhD at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona Spain and Università degli Studi di Ferrara, Italy, which he completed in 2019. His PhD research was on landscape analyses and mobility dynamics for raw materials procurement in Calerizo de Cáceres, Spain using Geographic Information System and Remote Sensing techniques to understand human occupation of this part of southwestern Iberian Peninsula during Middle Pleistocene, with respect to mobility and raw materials acquisition strategies.
Akinbowale joined the Department of Archaeology in 2021 as a Postdoctoral Research Associate on the ‘MAEASaM: Mapping Africa’s Endangered Archaeological Sites and Monuments’ project led by Dr. Stephanie Wynne-Jones. The project, which is generously supported by Arcadia – a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin - aims to identify archaeological sites and monuments in sub-Saharan Africa using remote sensing, desk-based research, and archaeological surveys to create digital records of these sites and monuments.
Akinbowale is a landscape archaeologist specialising in Geographic Information System and Remote Sensing applications in archaeology. His areas of interest include environmental archaeology, spatial archaeology, landscape studies and GIS and remote sensing applications in archaeology. In the last 15 years, he has been involved in several archaeological projects (field surveys and excavations) in Nigeria, Spain and Italy using remote sensing techniques and spatial analyses for landscape analyses and heritage management.
In his role with the MAEASaM project, Akinbowale will apply GIS and remote sensing techniques to identify past, present, and potential future threats to the integrity of heritage sites and monuments in Tanzania and some other parts of East Africa.