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Ceramic Exhibition Opening – 30th July

Understanding the past
Showcasing of archaeological and ethnographic ceramics of the University of Pretoria


Public archaeology plays an important role in the dissemination of archaeological finding to the local community. The Department of Anthropology and Archaeology of The University of Pretoria and the honours students will be making their mark in disseminating archaeological knowledge to the public through a ceramic exhibition. Apart from the aesthetic ceramics on show, the exhibition aims at illustrating how ethno-archaeology and experimental archaeology play important roles in the interpretation of past societies. The exhibition will be opened by Prof Norman Duncan, the Dean of the faculty of Humanities . The exhibition will be in the Old Arts Building across from the Mapungubwe museum.

Date: Tuesday, 30 July 2013
Time: 12:00
Venue: Old Arts Building, museum gallery
University of Pretoria, Hatfield Campus, Lynnwood Road, Pretoria
From 30 July until 11 November 2013
*wine and cheese will be served


 Hope to see you all there!

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Geotalk – Thursday 25th July‏


Debra Calorossi
University of the Witwatersrand

Dating in the Dark!
Optically stimulated luminescence dates from the Nyl-Mogalakwena River

Thursday 25th July
Room G101
4.30 pm

Drinks and snacks sponsored by John Hancox of CCIC


Rock Art Photo Competition

Win a signed copy of Bushman Rock Art: An Interpretive Guide by sending in your best rock art photos to https://www.facebook.com/bushmanrockart under the contest link tab. Here are all the details:



Student Development Workshop

Please take note of this fantastic opportunity for all Archaeology graduate students and third year students. If you are interested please see below and send your CV and motivation letter to: studentdevelopmentworkshop@gmail.com before the deadline.



2013 ASAPA Conference

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 AgeMD
  • Khumalo, N.S. (Hons) The analysis of technical ceramics from Mapungubwesabelo
  • 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 Managementmenzi
  • Serfontein, S. (Hons) The stone walled settlements of central Mpumalanga, South Africa The Realm and Practice of Archaeological Heritage Management in SADCsam
  • Maripane, M. (Hons) Developing a heritage management plan for the Masebe Nature Reserve in Limpopo province of South Africa The Archaeology of Farming Communitiesmpho
  • 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 resultsashley
  • De Bruyn, C. (Hons) Living on a foothill. Archaeological investigations on a hill settlement in the Masebe Nature ReserveDe Bruyn, C.

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
    South Africa
  • Ashley, Ceri: Ceramics, Contact and Interaction in the Khwebe Hills of Botswana Affiliation: Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Pretoria
    (South Africa)group
  • 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 sitesmunya
  • Ndlovu, Ndukuyakhe: World heritage management: What is the fuss?
  • Ndlovu, Ndukuyakhe: Revisiting style and regionality in southern African rock artndlovu
  • Pikirayi, Innocent; Sulas Federica: Geoarchaeology and water history in the middle Limpopo Valley and at Great Zimbabwegroup2
  • 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.