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Seminar: The Archaeology of a Nineteenth Century “Contained Community”

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Upcoming Anthropology and Archaeology Seminars



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Departmental Seminar: Wednesday 19th August 2015 @ 10h30



Wednesday 19 August 2015 @10:30-12:00
Humanities Building, Room 8-18

Dr Ancila Nhamo
University of Zimbabwe

Ancila Nhamo is a lecturer of Archaeology at the History Department of the University of Zimbabwe. She has a PhD from the University of Zimbabwe and a Masters from the University of Bergen in Norway. Her research interests include the interpretation of rock art and its management. Dr Nhamo’s most recent research projects, which formed part of her PhD, focused on regionalism in the rock art of Zimbabwe. Dr Nhamo is the author of Immortalizing the Past: Reproductions of Zimbabwean Rock Art by Lionel Cripps (2007), Out of the labyrinth: the significance of kudu images in the rock art of Zimunya (2007) and has published a number of journal articles and book chapters on rock art of Zimbabwe.

Cultural diversity among prehistoric hunter-gatherers: A case study of rock art from Northern Nyanga, Zimbabwe


Contemporary hunter-gatherer groups are known to live in small bands that sometimes congregated into band clusters. On a large scale, they can be divided into a number of language groups which are mutually intelligible. However, identification of such smaller groupings in the archaeological record has rarely been attempted. This presentation looks at ways in which motif variation in the rock art of southern Africa can be used in identifying smaller groupings among prehistoric hunter-gatherers. Distinct and circumscribed motifs observed within the rock art from Northern Nyanga are used to chart a way in this endeavour.

Seminar: Archaeological Contributions to New Histories and Well-Being in Africa – 9 March


Department Anthropology & Archaeology Seminar Series‏




Seminar: Eroded life-worlds and emergent assemblages

You are hereby cordially invited to a Joint Seminar by the Human Economy Programme and the Department Anthropology & Archaeology

Thursday : 11th September 2014 11h00 to 12h30

Venue: Seminar Room, Ground Floor, Old College House, Hatfield Campus

“Eroded life-worlds and emergent assemblages: redesigning anthropologies of the contemporary”

Presented by Professor A.R. Vasavi, Senior Fellow,
Nehru Memorial Museum and Library,
New Delhi

Professor Vasavi won the Infosys prize for 2013 and was Dean of Social Sciences at the National Institute of Advanced Studies Bangalore, before taking up a fellowship at the Nehru Museum and Library, where she is currently concentrating on her NGO work.


Seminar: Origins of lithic technology

20131126_095432Matt Caruana and UP Masters student Melindi de Lange

The Department of Anthropology and Archaeology and the University of Pretoria Archaeological Society (UPAS) cordially invites you to our departmental seminar by Matt Caruana from the University of the Witwatersrand. Matt is currently the PhD Candidate under Prof. Kathy Kuman. His project is focused on the identification of percussive technology, and developing analytic methods for understanding how impact damage develops through use and skill. Besides his Doctoral studies, Matt is also involved in research projects undertaken in the following areas: Taung World Heritage Site, the Vaal River region of the Northern Cape, and the Koobi Fora Pounding Tool Survey Project in the Lake Turkana Basin of Northern Kenya. Previously, Matt studied at the University of Manchester in the UK and University of California in the USA.


Our understanding of the origins of lithic technology has long been obscured by a lack of sites preserved beyond ~2.5 Ma. However interdisciplinary perspectives from archaeology and primatology are shedding new light on this subject. The commonalities of percussive tool use amongst the Primate Order offers a unique viewpoint to investigate the technological links between early hominins and their last common ancestor with chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Given its prevalence amongst nonhuman primates and early hominins, percussive technology is likely associated with the earliest forms of tool use. The newly emerging Primate Archaeology field is developing analyses to compare and contrast percussive toolkits used by nonhuman primates and early hominins to shed light on how this technology developed. Furthermore, current research in the east Turkana Basin in Kenya is also attempting to locate archaeological sites between 3 – 7 Ma in hopes of linking lithic technology to the earliest members of the hominin lineage. With the development of new methods for analysing percussive technology, it is possible to test archaeological remains from beyond 2.5 Ma and illuminate traces of the last common ancestor.

Date: 03 September 2014 (Wednesday)
Venue: Seminar Room HB 8-18
Time: 14:00

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