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This year the ASAPA Student Council will be hosting skills seminars at the University of Pretoria and the first is a course on photography which includes a lecture from a professional photographer (http://www.shemimages.com/). We want to pack the house for this, Shem is rated as one Africa’s top photographers, and we will also invite WITS. Date is still to be confirmed but it will be at the end of February. Please share this far and wide!
The Association of Southern African Professional Archaeologists (ASAPA) Biennial Conference was held at the University of Botswana in Gaborone from the 3rd-7th of July 2013. This year the University of Pretoria had a very large presence at the Conference. The Department of Anthropology and Archaeology UP staff and students presented various papers and posters on a wide variety of Southern African Archaeology topics.
In total there were nine posters (8 Honors students and 1 Masters student):
- De Lange, M. (Hons) A time long forgotten: discovering and identifying the Kruger National Park Stone Age
- Khumalo, N.S. (Hons) The analysis of technical ceramics from Mapungubwe
- Nxumalo B (MA): An ethnoarchaeological study of Zulu pots in the uThukela Basin In Conversation with Stakeholders: Applicability of Indigenous Knowledge System to Archaeological Research and Heritage Resource Management
- Serfontein, S. (Hons) The stone walled settlements of central Mpumalanga, South Africa The Realm and Practice of Archaeological Heritage Management in SADC
- Maripane, M. (Hons) Developing a heritage management plan for the Masebe Nature Reserve in Limpopo province of South Africa The Archaeology of Farming Communities
- Combrink, L. (Hons) & Dr. Badenhorst, S. Changes in Livestock Utilisation during the Iron Age of Southern Africa
- Seiler, T.C. (Hons) Stone tools from farming community settlements in the Limpopo Valley, with special focus on Schroda
- Norton, A. (Hons) Carnivore utilisation at Schroda – preliminary results
- De Bruyn, C. (Hons) Living on a foothill. Archaeological investigations on a hill settlement in the Masebe Nature Reserve
There were also several Oral Presentations by Honours students, Masters students, Phd students and UP lecturers and professors:
- Antonites, Alexander: Political and Economic Interactions in the Mapungubwe Hinterland
- Antonites, Alexander; Antonites, Annie R.; Zurethe, Collins: The production and distribution of shell beads at 10-13th century farming settlements in northern
- Ashley, Ceri: Ceramics, Contact and Interaction in the Khwebe Hills of Botswana Affiliation: Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Pretoria
- De Souza, Jacqueline (MA): An archaeological investigation of a small-scaled stone walled site in the North West Province, South Africa
- Grody, Evin (MA): The wild component: Animal exploitation at the edge of the Mapungubwe Polity
- Jordaan, Gerhard (MA): Micro-temporal changes at two early farming community sites in the southern Kruger National Park
- Magoma, Munyadziwa (MA): Farming communities: Feasting in southern African Late Iron Age sites
- Ndlovu, Ndukuyakhe: World heritage management: What is the fuss?
- Ndlovu, Ndukuyakhe: Revisiting style and regionality in southern African rock art
- Pikirayi, Innocent; Sulas Federica: Geoarchaeology and water history in the middle Limpopo Valley and at Great Zimbabwe
- Rammutloa, Kefilwe (Hons); Saccaggi, Benjamin: Geospatial-ing the collection: innovations using QGIS to catalogue and research the archaeological
collections of the University of Pretoria
- Saccaggi, Benjamin: Fort Daspoortrand: A continuing narrative of difference and exclusion.
As well as approximately 141 lectures (including those of UP) by various speakers.
All in all the 2013 ASAPA Conference was a huge success with large quantities of Archaeological information shared. The next ASAPA Conference will be held in 2015.