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Faculty and Staff

Prof Rebecca Rogers Ackermann, Professor (MA Arizona, PhD Washington U. in St. Louis).  Hominin evolution; craniofacial variation & integration; evolutionary process and theory; hybridization; genetic drift.  

Prof David Braun, Adjunct Associate Professor (PhD Rutgers). Ecological and evolutionary aspects of early hominin technology; lithic analysis; digital image analysis; Old World Palaeolithic archaeology.

Prof Shadreck Chirikure, Professor and Head of Department (PhD UCL).  Iron Age metallurgy in southern Africa; heritage in contemporary Africa.

Prof Simon L. Hall (MA Wits, DPhil Stellenbosch). Senior Scholar. Research themes: The archaeology of frontiers, boundaries and shared landscapes between hunter-gatherers, farmers and the colonial world.

Dr Vincent J. Hare (MSc DPhil Oxon). Lecturer. Stable Light Isotope Laboratory, Earth Science, palaeoclimatology, Quaternary palaeoenvironments, dating methods, archaeomagnetism.

Prof John Parkington, Emeritus Professor, Senior Scholar (MA PhD Cantab).  Hunter-gatherers; paleoenvironmental reconstruction and human ecology; prehistoric art; coastal archaeology

Prof Judith Sealy, Professor and SARChI Research Chair in Stable Isotopes in Archaeology and Palaeoenvironmental Studies (MSc PhD Cape Town). Archaeometry; stable isotopes; prehistoric southern Africa.  

Dr Riashna Sithaldeen (PhD Cape Town). Primate evolution; baboon phylogeny and phylogeography; earth systems science.

Prof Andrew B. Smith, Emeritus Professor (PhD Berkeley).  Prehistoric pastoralism; origins of food production; ethnohistory.

Dr Deano Stynder, Senior Lecturer (PhD Cape Town).  African fauna; palaeoenvironments

Prof Nikolaas van der Merwe,  Emeritus Professor (MA PhD Yale).   Isotopes; palaeodiets; palaeoenvironments; archaeometallurgy.


Support and Administrative Staff:

Ms Lynn Cable   Administrative Officer email

Ms. Louisa Hutten  Senior Scientific Officer; archaeological faunal remains. email:

Mrs Dolores Jacobs Laboratory Assistant email

Dr Julie Luyt   Chief Scientific Officer; Stable Light Isotope Laboratory.  email

Mr Oscar Noëls   Departmental Assistant email

Research Associates:

Dr T. Alexandra Sumner, (PhD U Toronto).  Palaeolithic technological behaviour; evolution of human cognition; raw material procurement and exploitation.

Dr Alex Mackay (PhD, ANU), 2009, BA Hons (1st class), ANU, 2000

Dr Graham Avery  archaeozoology

Dr Kyle Brown Middle Stone Age, stone artefact studies, hunter-gatherers

Dr Per Ditlef Fredriksen ceramics, ethnoarchaeology, archaeology of farming communities

Mr Pieter Jolly  contact period rock art; history of San-Nguni/Sotho interaction.

Dr Tim Maggs archaeology of farming communities

Dr Antonia Malan  archaeology of the colonial period; archives and vernacular architecture.

Dr Webber Ndoro heritage studies

Dr Susan Pfeiffer  University of Toronto; biological anthropology.

Dr Larissa Swedell CUNY; primate behaviour

Dr Jayson Orton Heritage & archaeological consultant

Dr Jayne Wilkins, (PhD Toronto), Middle Stone Age, modern human origins, lithic analysis, prehistoric weaponry