Department of Archaeology offers postgraduate Honours, Masters, and Doctoral degrees
in Archaeology, and coordinates postgraduate degrees in Quaternary
Science (BSc/MSc) and Archaeology & Environmental Science (BSc).
Additionally, members of our staff have co-supervised students from a
wide variety of other departments, including Geology, Environmental and
Geographical Science, Botany, Zoology, and Computer
Science. As a result - and as is seen below - student theses
span a wide range of interesting, diverse topics!
Masters & PhD Students 2013
Foreman Bandama (PhD) Indigenous metal production in South Africa: evidence from Rhenosterkloof. Supervisors: S Chirikure & S Hall.
A temporal and geographical study of
fossil ungulate diets to determine the possible abundance of grass in
the Pleistocene environment of the
Tessa Campbell (PhD). Evaluating the emergence, spread and evolution of tuberculosis in South Africa. Supervisors: RR Ackermann & AC Stone (Arizona State).
and other variation in Holocene Khoesan material from
Emily Hallinan (MSc). Mapping Stone Age landscape use in the Olifants River Valley, Western Cape. Supervisors: J Parkington, D Braun
Chris House (MSc). A baseline study of dental wear patterns in extant bovids from the fynbos region of South Africa. Supervisors: D. Stynder & L Rossouw (National Museum, Bloemfontein)
Katherine Kyriacou (PhD). Coastal resources and the development of early modern humans on the western Cape coast. Supervisors: D Braun & J Parkington
Ndivhuwo Eric Mathoho (MPhil). Indigenous iron production south of the Luvhuvhu River, Limpopo Province, South Africa. Supervisor: S Chirikure & S Hall
Simcha Medinets (MSc). Signatures of hybridization in baboon postcrania. Supervisor: RR Ackermann
Abigail Moffett (MPhil). An historical and archaeological study of specialisation in metal production in Phalaborwa, Limpopo, South Africa. Supervisor: S Chirikure & S Hall.
Marina Mubusisi (MA by Research). The preservation of Twyfelfontein World Heritage Site. Supervisors: S Chirikure & N Shepherd (CAS)
Chantal Rossouw (MSc). Variation and asymmetry in hybrid baboon crania. Supervisor: RR Ackermann
Lauren Schroeder (PhD). A re-evaluation of the morphological affinities of early Homo. Supervisor: RR Ackermann.
Troy Smuts. (MPhil). An archaeological perspective on the 19th century development of land, landscape and sheep farming in the Karoo. Supervisor S Hall
Steven Walker (PhD). The role of impact assessment in archaeological heritage management: a South African perspective. Supervisor: S Chirikure & J Sealy.
Kerryn Warren (PhD). Hybridization within mouse taxa as an animal model for gene flow between ancient hominins. Supervisor: RR Ackermann
Recent Masters/Doctoral Graduates
Yonatan Sahle Chemere, PhD. Hominin technological behavior and paleoenvironment during the later Middle Pleistocene in the Gademotta Formation, Main Ethiopian Rift. Supervisor: D Braun.
Kerryn Warren, MSc. Dental and cranial variation in Iron Age peoples from southern Africa. Supervisors: RR Ackermann & S Hall
Nick Zachariou, MPhil.Supervisor: S Hall
Pat Kramer, MPhil. The history, form and context of the 19th century corbelled buildings of the Great Karoo. Supervisor: S Hall
archaeology of the 18th
Kyle Brown, PhD. The Sword in the Stone: lithic raw material exploitation in the Middle Stone Age at Pinnacle Point Site 5-6, Southern Cape, South Africa. Supervisors: D Braun & J Sealy
An investigation of stable sulphur isotopes as a palaeodietary
Franz Kruger, MPhil. Report on investigation of Class 3 and Class 4 (Doornspruit) homesteads in the North-West Province, South Africa. Supervisor S Hall.
Karen van Niekerk, PhD. Marine fish exploitation during the Middle and Later Stone Age of South Africa. Supervisor: J Sealy
Riashna Sithaldeen, PhD. Phylogeny and phylogeography of the chacma baboon (Papio ursinus): the role of landscape in shaping contemporary genetic structure in the southern African baboon. Supervisors: RR Ackermann.,& J Bishop (Zoology)
Yvonne Viljoen, MPhl. The Story of a Clanwilliam Farm: the history and archaeology of Warmhoek. Supervisors S Hall and J Parkington.
Nick Wiltshire, MSc.
Spatial analysis of archaeological sites in the
Will Archer, MSc (distinction). Raw Material Economy of the Acheulian Technology of the Western Cape, South Africa. Supervisor: D Braun
Investigating the use of oxygen and carbon isotopes and
sclerochronology in Turbo
Donax serra for palaeoenvironmental reconstruction at
Andrea Hickman, MSc. Investigating the use of bone density fractionation as a methodological tool in stable light isotope analysis. Supervisor: JC Sealy.
Jenna Lavin, MSc (distinction). Paleoecology of the KBS member in the Koobi Fora Formation of Northern Kenya: Implications for Pleistocene Hominin Behavior. Supervisor: D. Braun.
Mark Anderson, PhD. The historical archaeology of Marathodi: towards and understanding of space, identity and the organisation of production at an early 19th century Tswana Capital in the Pilansberg region of South Africa. Supervisor: S Hall.
Catherine Gray, PhD. Characterising the Namaqualand Mudbelt: chronology, palynology and palaeoenvironments. Supervisors M Meadows and J Lee-Thorp
Jean Gray, MPhil. Understanding the Farming Community Sequence from the Mateke Hills, South-Eastern Lowveld, Zimbabwe. Supervisor: T Maggs & S Hall.
Katherine Kyriacou, MPhil. A re-investigation of Hoffman's/Robberg Cave. Supervisor: JC Sealy.
PhD (Wits Archaeology)
Foragers among farmers? Stable isotopic evidence of diet from
archaeological human skeletons of east central
Mamakomoreng Nkhasi, MPhil. An investigation of aggregation types in 17th – 19th century Tswana towns of North-West Province. Supervisor: S Hall.
Eileen Off, PhD. Craniofacial variation, integration, and evolutionary diversification in baboons (genus Papio). Supervisor: RR Ackermann.
Dana Rosenstein, MSc. Sorting out ceramics: correlating change in the technology of ceramic production with the chronology of 18th and early 19th century western BaTswana towns. Supervisor: S Hall.
Jacqui Codron, PhD. Annals of ivory: perspectives in African elephant Loxodonta africana (Blumenberg 1797) feeding ecology from a multi-decadal record. Supervisor: JC Sealy & J Lee-Thorp
Phillip Hine, MPhil. Stone-walled tidal fish-traps: an archaeological and archival investigation. Supervisor: JC Sealy, D Halkett, & T Hart.
Genevieve Dewar, PhD. The archaeology of Namaqualand. Supervisor: JC Sealy.
Rudy Neeser, MSc. (distinction) The use of spatial deformation for correcting the taphonomic distortion of hominid crania in South Africa. Co-supervisors: J Gain (Computer Science) & RR Ackermann.
Daryl Codron, PhD. The ecological and evolutionary significance of browsing and grazing in savanna ungulates. Supervisors: JC Sealy, JA Lee-Thorp (Bradford), M Sponheimer (Colorado).
Finnegan, MPhil. Buried beyond Buitengracht:
Interrogating cultural variability in the historic 'informal' burial
ground of Prestwich Street, Cape Town. Supervisor: S Hall.
Nicolaas Fourie, MSc (distinction). Dietary ecology and niche separation in three genera (Parapapio, Theropithecus and Cercopithecoides) of South African Plio-Pleistocene Cercopithecoidea. Supervisors: RR Ackermann & J Lee-Thorp.
Frederick Kyalo Manthi, PhD. The Pliocene micromammalian fauna from Kanapoi, northwestern Kenya, and its contribution to understanding the environment of Australopithecus anamensis. Supervisors: J Parkington & DM Avery (Iziko Museums).
Deano Stynder, PhD 2006. A quantitative assessment of variation in Holocene Khoesan crania from South Africa’s western, south-western, southern and south-eastern coasts and coastal forelands. Supervisors: RR Ackermann & JC Sealy.
Ben Ludwig, MSc. A comparison of hunter-gatherer material culture from Matjes River Rock Shelter and the Robberg Peninsula. Supervisor: JC Sealy.
Jeannette Smith, PhD (Wits). Agropastoral sustainability and climate change in the Shashe Limpopo basin from 900 AD. Supervisors: S Hall & J Lee-Thorp.
Jacqui Codron, MSc. (Botany). Annals of ivory: perspectives in African elephant Loxodonta africana (Blumenberg 1797) feeding ecology from a multi-decadal record. Supervisors: J Lee-Thorp & W Bond (Botany).
Thalassa Matthews, PhD. Micromammalian faunas from Langebaanweg and Hoedjiespunt. Supervisors: J Parkington & DM Avery (Iziko Museums).
Jayson Orton, MA. The quartz conundrum: understanding the role of quartz in the composition of late Pleistocene and Holocene lithic assemblages from the Verlorenvlei area, Western Cape. Supervisor: J Parkington.
Of fish, pigs and cesspits: a comparative study of stable isotopic
analyses of five medieval sites from
Worth, David, PhD. Gas and grain: the conservation of networked industrial landscapes. Supervisor: M Hall
Bastian Asmus, MSc. A digital recording system for creating a rock painting archive. Supervisor: J Parkington.
Fiona Clayton, MSc. Weaning patterns in the Later Stone Age as reconstructed through nitrogen isotope analyses of the skeletons from Matjes River Rock Shelter. Supervisor: JC Sealy.
Daryl Codron, MSc (distinction). (Quaternary Science) Ecological variability of chacma baboons (Papio ursinus) living in the South African savannah based on stable light isotopes. Supervisor: J Lee-Thorp.
Conny Meister, MSc. Photogrammetric approaches to the recording of handprints. Supervisor: J Parkington.
Michael Scott, MA. Ju'hoansi Bushmen of /Gam, Namibia, and their pastoralist neighbours: Contact, Crisis of Identity, Hxaro, and Implications for the Past. Supervisor: A Smith.
Tobias Tonner, MSc (distinction). A MapInfo data base for the LSA site of Dunefield Midden. Supervisor: J Parkington.
Corli Coetsee, MSc (Conservation Biology). Stable isotope study of interactions between herbivores,plants and nutrient cycling in Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park, South Africa. Co-supervisors: NJ van der Merwe & W Stock (Botany).
Tamara Franz-Odendaal, Ph.D. Analysis of dental pathologies in the herbivores of Langebaanweg and their palaeoenvironmental implications. Supervisors: J Lee-Thorp & A Chinsamy-Turan (Zoology).
Frederick Manthi, MSc. (distinction). The taphonomy of a micromammalian faunal assemblage from the Saldanha Bay yacht club: a contribution to the study of the South African west coast palaeoenvironments. Supervisors: J Parkington & DM Avery.
C. Muller, MA. Investigation of possible dietary differences between the inhabitants of the Robberg/Plettenberg Bay and Matjes River Rock Shelter in the Later Stone Age: an isotopic approach. Supervisor: JC Sealy.
Amanda Rau, Ph.D. Late Quaternary history of Agulhas-Benguela interactions from two sediment cores on the western continental slope of South Africa. Supervisors: JA Lee-Thorp and J Rogers (Geological Sciences).
Harriet Clift, MA. A sortie into the archaeology of the Moravian mission station, Genadenal. Supervisors: M Hall & A Malan.
Nirdev Desai, MSc. The technological, social and economic aspects of gold production and use by the Iron Age of southern Africa. Supervisor: D Miller.
Julie Luyt, MSc. (distinction). Revisiting palaeoenvironments of the hominid-bearing Plio-Pleistocene sites: new isotopic evidence from Sterkfontein. Supervisor: J Lee-Thorp
U. Seeman, PhD. The British military occupation of the Cape 1795 - 1815 the case of York redoubt. Supervisor: M Hall.
P. Nilssen, PhD. An actualistic butchery study in South Africa and its implications for reconstructing hominid strategies of carcass acquisition and butchery in the Upper Pleistocene and Plio-Pleistocene. Supervisor: J Parkington.
Glenda Cox, MA (distinction). Cobern Street burial ground: Investigating the identity and life histories of the underclass of eighteenth century Cape Town. Supervisor: JC Sealy.
Zukisani Jakavula, MA. Archaeological sensitivity model: a cultural resource management exercise. Supervisor: J Parkington.
N.S. Mavrodinov, MA. An assessment of the maritime archaeological potential of the eastern coastline of Table Bay, between the Old South Water Mouth and Blaauwberg. Supervisor: B Werz.
C. Pietersen, MA. The role of archaeology within the urban environment: A study aimed at determining how the people of Cape Town relate to their environment. Supervisor: M Hall.