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Faculty and Staff

Dr. Rebecca Rogers Ackermann, Associate Professor  (MA Arizona, PhD Washington U. in St. Louis).  Hominin evolution; craniofacial variation & integration; non-adaptive evolutionary theory; quantitative methods.  

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

Dr. Shadreck Chirikure, Associate Professor  (PhD UCL).  Iron Age metallurgy in southern Africa; heritage in contemporary Africa.

Dr. Simon L. Hall (MA Wits, DPhil Stellenbosch). Associate Professor and Head of Department. Research themes: The archaeology of frontiers, boundaries and shared landscapes between hunter-gatherers, farmers and the colonial world.

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

Dr. Domingo C. Salazar-Garcia, Lecturer (PhD Universitat de València and Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology) Biomolecular Archaeology; Mediterranean Prehistory and Archaeology; Human diet and territorial mobility

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. John Lanham   Principal Scientific Officer; stable isotope mass spectrometry.  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