THE DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY & ARCHAEOLOGY
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.
“South Africa is a country rich in heritage and the European Union recognises the importance of joining hands with a number of universities in South Africa to not only preserve its heritage, but also to promote it through state of the art technology and opportunity.
In collaboration with the EU’s AESOP and AESOP Plus, the University of Pretoria is hosting a cutting-edge workshop that will expose attendees to the latest 3D technologies in a South African context. This workshop will also offer exciting excursions to heritage sites such as the Cradle of Humankind, as well as the Sterkfontein Caves and Necsa. Register now to be sure not to miss out on this first-of-its-kind opportunity. Deadline: 28 August 2015 Registration for Attendees
A large range of innovative technologies and methods are increasingly used for heritage purposes (particularly in archaeology) as well as for research in various sciences, including anatomy. For example, these innovations are well-suited to investigate the inner structure of the human body (through micro-computed tomography) or to produce high-quality 3D reconstructions of archaeological sites and land surface (through laser scanning, photogrammetry and drone surveys). Other techniques for registering outer structure are presented as well. This AESOP workshop is designed to expose the students to cutting-edge 3D technologies in a South African context. The diversity of possibilities for registration of structure show-cased in this workshop are envisaged to create the incentive for new training and career development opportunities.”
The annual Pretoria ArchSoc lecture in conjunction with UPAS was a huge success! “All That is Gold Does Not Glitter” Middle Earth’s Mapungubwe Gold Collection by Sian Tiley-Nel was fascinating and sparked a lot of questions afterwards.
The Hanisch Prize for Excellence in Postgraduate Studies in Archaeology was also awarded to two students for the year 2014:
Mahlatse Mapheto – Undergraduate
Annemarie Boot – Post-graduate