Bio: Intrepid Archaeologist, Traveller & Seeker of knowledge
At present, I am a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, School of History, Classics and Archaeology investigating seasonal shellfish use during the Later Stone Age of South Africa. My aim is to use stable isotope and sclerochronological analysis to better understand the occupational history of past populations, and the possible seasonal nature of their coastal diet.
I completed a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Pretoria in 2004. Both my Honours (2005) and Master (2009) degrees in Archaeology dealt with animal utilization practices during the South African Iron Age and reflect my longstanding interest in Archaeozoology.
Between 2010-2013 I worked as Research Coordinator and Archaeologist for the Mossel Bay Archaeology Project (MAPCRM cc) under the direction of Prof. Curtis W. Marean. My responsibilities included coordinating research into the Paleoclimate, Paleoenvironment, Paleoecology, and Palaeoanthropology (SACP4) studies on sites along the South African coastline, specifically the Western Cape at sites such as Pinnacle Point. Hence sparking my interest in the exploitation of coastal resources and diets of Stone Age inhabitants that lived along the South African coastline during the Middle- to Late Stone Age.
During my time at MAPCRM cc. I also worked as Archaeology Outreach Program Educator for the Dias Museum Complex, offering curriculum-linked archaeological school presentations and resources for students. In addition to assisting with the amendment and application of the Archaeological Conservation Management Plan for Pinnacle Point as Archaeologist advisory specialist.
During my career I have been involved in various projects and conferences to encourage and support the development of innovative ways to interpret and integrate multidisciplinary research. Thereby promoting data sharing among the academic community, and sharing research outputs with the general public.
Research interest: Archaeomalacology, Zooarchaeology, Coastal archaeology, Palaeoenviromental Reconstruction, Human/environmental interaction & Dietary reconstruction, Stable isotopes, Sclerochronology, Outreach
Professional skills: Strategic planning, Project management, Excavating, Sieving, Finds cataloguing, On-site recording, Post-excavation management and Artefact analysis, Zooarchaeological analysis, Report/article writing, Research, Public outreach