Africa - southern

FRANCESCO D'ERRICO

Francesco is well known in the archaeological community for his work on the evolution of human cognition. He conducts field research in Europe, the Near East and Africa. His wide range of archaeological interests include archaeomalacology, where he has specific interests in gathering strategies, trade, artefact production, taphonomy, source determination and Upper Palaeolithic shell beads. For a selection of Francesco's publications in archaeomalacology, please refer to the publications page.

CINDY NELSON-VILJOEN

Cindy’s research focus is in the Western Cape province of South Africa, where she is focusing on the Later Stone Age of the Pinnacle Point Shell Midden Complex.  Her archaeomalacological interests are in subsistence and gathering strategies, and investigating the seasonality of collection through schlerochronological and isotopic analyses.

TERESA STEELE

In addition to her recent work in Morocco, Teresa has conducted extensive work in South Africa, focusing particularly on the western coast. She has analysed shell material from the Middle Stone Age midden of Ysterfontein 1 and Later Stone Age samples from Western Cape province. She is also familiar with material from the southern coast. Her primary interests are in subsistence and gathering strategies, but she has further interests in the relationships between shell size, human population density and environmental variables.  For a selection of Teresa’s publications, please refer to the publications page.

MARIAN VANHAEREN

Marian conducts research in Africa, Europe and the Near East with a particular focus on the Upper and Middle Palaeolithic. Among her major archaeomalacological interests are gathering strategies, trade, artefact production, taphonomy and source determination. For a selection of her publications, including her well-known work on beads, symbolism, and human cognitive evolution, please refer to the publications page.