CURRICULUM VITAE

CHRISTOPHER STUART HENSHILWOOD

  • CURRENT POSITIONS
    • Professor – Department of Archaeology & Centre for Development Studies, University of Bergen, Norway.
    • Adjunct Associate Professor – Department of Anthropology, State University of New York, Stony Brook, USA
    • Academic Director: University of Bergen’s African Field School program and SUNY at Stony Brook’s field school program in South Africa
    • Research Associateship – Iziko Museums of Cape Town
    • CEO – African Heritage Research Institute; Southern Cape Archaeology Trust; Cape Field School cc (Heritage Resource Consultants).
    • Research Member - French CNRS program ‘Origine de l'Homme, du langage et des langue’ based at Bordeaux University, France
  • CONTACT DETAILS
    Work & Postal Address: African Heritage Research Institute, 167, Buitenkant Street, Gardens, 8001, Cape Town, South Africa.
  • DEGREES
    B.A. (Distinction in Archaeology), University of Cape Town, 1989
    B.A. Hons. (with Distinction), University of Cape Town, 1990
    Ph. D. (Archaeology), University of Cambridge, U.K. 1995
NATIONAL AWARDS
Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques, France, 2004.
LOCAL AWARDS
  • Honourable mention in the The State of the Nation address by the President of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, to the joint sitting of the Houses of Parliament, Cape Town, February 8, 2002.
  • SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS
    Southern African Association of Archaeologists; Society for Africanist Archaeologists; South African Archaeological Society; Cambridge Philosophical Society, Association of Heritage Assessment Practitioners.
  • JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS
    Peer-reviewed Journals
    Published
    • Henshilwood, C.S. & Marean, C.W. 2003. The origin of modern human behaviour: A review and critique of models and test implications. Current Anthropology 44 (5): 627-651.
    • d’Errico F., Henshilwood C., Lawson G., Vanhaeren M., Soressi M., Bresson F., Tillier A.M., Maureille B., Nowell A., Backwell L., Lakarra J.A., Julien M. 2003. The search for the origin of symbolism, music and language: a multidisciplinary endeavour. Journal of World Prehistory, 17 (1): 1-70.
    • Henshilwood, C.S., d’Errico, F., Yates, R., Jacobs, Z., Tribolo, C., Duller, G.A.T., Mercier N., Sealy, J.C., Valladas, H., Watts, I. & Wintle, A.G. 2002. Emergence of Modern Human Behaviour: Middle Stone Age engravings from South Africa. Science 295:1278-1280.
    • Grine, F.E. & Henshilwood, C.S. 2002. Additional Human Remains from Blombos Cave, South Africa: (1999-2000 excavations). Journal of Human Evolution 42: 293-302.
    • Henshilwood, C.S., Sealy, J.C., Yates, R.J., Cruz-Uribe, K., Goldberg, P., Grine, F.E., , Klein, R.G., Poggenpoel, C., van Niekerk, K.L., Watts, I. 2001a. Blombos Cave, southern Cape, South Africa: Preliminary report on the 1992 – 1999 excavations of the Middle Stone Age levels. Journal of Archaeological Science 28(5): 421-448.
    • Henshilwood, C.S., d’Errico, F.E., Marean, C.W., Milo, R.G., Yates, R. 2001b. An early bone tool industry from the Middle Stone Age at Blombos Cave, South Africa: implications for the origins of modern human behaviour, symbolism and language. Journal of Human Evolution 41:631-678.
    • d’Errico, F., Henshilwood, C.S., & Nilssen, P. 2001. An engraved bone fragment from ca. 75 kyr Middle Stone Age levels at Blombos Cave, South Africa: implications for the origin of symbolism . Antiquity. 75, 309-18.
    • Grine, F.E., Henshilwood, C.S. & Sealy, J.C. 2000. Human remains from Blombos Cave, South Africa: (1997-1998 excavations). Journal of Human Evolution, 37: 755-765.
    • Henshilwood, C.S. & Sealy, J.C. 1997. Bone artifacts from the Middle Stone Age at Blombos Cave, southern Cape, South Africa. Current Anthropology 38(5):890-895.
    • Henshilwood, C.S. 1997 Identifying the collector: Evidence for human consumption of the Cape dune mole-rat, Bathyergus suillus, from Blombos Cave, southern Cape, South Africa. Journal of Archaeological Science 24:659-662.
    • Henshilwood, C. S. 1996. A revised chronology for the arrival of pastoralism in southernmost Africa: new evidence of sheep at ca. 2000 b.p. from Blombos Cave, South Africa. Antiquity 70:945-949.
    • Henshilwood, C.S., Nilssen, P. & Parkington, J. 1994. Mussel drying and food storage in the Late Holocene, sw Cape, South Africa. Journal of Field Archaeology 21:103-109.

  • In press
    •Henshilwood, C.S., d’Errico, F., Vanhaeren, M., van Niekerk, K., Jacobs, Z. (in press). Middle Stone Age shell beads from South Africa. Science.
    • Henshilwood, C.S. & d’Errico, F. (in press). Being modern in the Middle Stone Age: Individuals and innovation. (eds. C. Gamble & M. Porr). The Individual Hominid in Context: Archaeological Investigations of Lower and Middle Palaeolithic landscapes, locales and artifacts. Routledge (Taylor Francis).
    • Henshilwood, C.S. (in press). The origins of modern human behaviour - exploring alternatives. Volume in honour of Randi Haaland, University of Bergen, Norway. BAR series.
  • Television & Radio (selected sample)
    • BBC Television: Horizon Series. February, 2003. “The day we learned to think”. (Filmed at Blombos Cave). Producer Dan Clifton.
    • BBC Television. February, 2002. “Where we came from” – series on Human Origins presented by Clive Gamble. Episode filmed with PI at Blombos Cave.
    • BBC Television, February, 2000. Part 5 of the Apeman series - Modern Human Origins (filmed at Blombos Cave and Klasies River).
  • Popular Publications (selected sample)
    • ‘Dawn of humans’, National Geographic Magazine, July, 2000 (pp.97-101).
    • ‘Earliest Evidence for Modern Human Behaviour’ National Geographic Magazine, January 1999.
    • “The Bone People”, U.S. News & World Report, November 19, 2001
    • “Sur les traces de l’Homo symbolicus”, La Recherche Hors Serie, No 4, Novembre 2000.
    • “Cave near Stilbaai yields up world’s oldest artwork”, Business Day, January 11, 2002.
    • “African Artifacts Suggest an Earlier Start of Modern Human Behaviour”, The New York Times, December 2, 2001.
    • “Une pierre gravee corrige l’histoire de l’Homme – Quarante mille ans avant les grottes ornees d’Europe, a Blombos en Afrique du Sud, l’homme gravait des lignes enigmatiques sur de l’ocre”, Le Figaro, Mardi 22, Janvier 2002.
    • “Cave art dates dawn of creativity – Ochre engravings found in South Africa suggest that ‘modern’ man existed 70,000 years ago”, The Daily Telegraph, January 11, 2002.
    • “South African cave reveals the world’s oldest works of art’, The Independent, 11 January 2002.
    • “World’s first artwork found in Africa”, The Gaurdian, January 11, 2002.
    • “Scratches that trace the ascent of man”, The Times, January 11, 2002.
    • “Quand ‘Homo sapiens sapiens’ jouait les artistes en Afrique du Sud”, Le Monde/Mercredi, 16 Janvier 2002.
    • “Africa – the cradle of reason”, The Star, January 23, 2002.
    • “World stunned as Cape cave delivers big find on early man”, Cape Argus, January 11, 2002.
    • “By Blombos het mens eerste begin dink”, Rapport, 13 Januarie 2002.
    • “Blombos kan teorie oor mens herskryf”, Die Burger, 12 Januarie, 2002.
    • “Afrika is mos wieg van beskawing”, Rapport, 25 November 2001.
    • “Cape may be seat of modern man”, Cape Argus, November 14, 2002.
    • “Mens was al vroeg ‘modern’”, De Standaard, 14 Januari, 2002.
    • “Digging for the Roots of Culture – when did our ancestors start behaving like modern humans?”, The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 5, 2002.
  • Internet Publications (selected sample)
    • ’Oldest’ prehistoric art unearthed”, BBC News, January 10, 2002. http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_1753000/1753326.stm
    • “South African cave reveals the world’s oldest works of art”, Independent, 11 January 2002. http://www.independent.co.uk/story.jsp?dir=1&story=113869&host=1&printable=1
    • “Carvings Spark Debate on Origin of Abstract Thought”, Los Angeles Times, January 11, 2002. http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-011102human.story
    • “African Bone Tools Dispute Key Idea About Human Evolution”, National Geographic News, November 8, 2001. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/20011/11/11088_bonetool.html
    • “Art history doubles”, Nature Science Update, 11 January 2002, http://www.nature.com/nsu/nsu_pf/020107/020107-11.html
    • “Human Evolution – Ancient Engravings Push Back Origin of Abstract Thought”, Scientific American, 11 January 2002, http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?articleID=000629D0-B23F-1CCE-B4A8809EC588EEDF&sc=I100322
  • International invited papers 2000-2003
    • Henshilwood, C.S. 2003. The contribution of Blombos Cave to an understanding of the origins of modern human behaviour.Conference title “From Tools to Symbols. From Early Hominid to Modern Humans”, Wits University, Johannesburg, 12th – 15th March, 2003.
    • Henshilwood, C.S. & Marean, C. 2003. The origin of modern human behavior: a review and critique of the models and their test implications. The Human Genome and Africa Conference, Spier, Stellenbosch. 19th - 22nd March 2003.
    • Henshilwood, C.S. The origins of modern human behaviour: A new perspective from Africa. Anglo American Chairman’s Fund Address. Johannesburg, July, 2002.
    • Henshilwood, C.S. What do we know about the origins of modern human behaviour. SA Museum invited lecture, South African Museum, Cape Town, South Africa, January, 2002.
    • Henshilwood, C.S. 2001. Archaeological evidence for the origins of modern human behaviour. Bergen University, Norway. October, 2001
    • Henshilwood, C.S. 2001. The Blombos Cave evidence: does it refute a European origin for modern human behaviour. September, 2001. Bordeaux University, France.
    • Henshilwood, C.S. 2001. African evidence for the origins of modern human behaviour. ASU, USA July, 2001
    • Henshilwood, C.S., The origins of modern human behaviour: a review of the African evidence. SUNY, New York, October, 2000.
    • Henshilwood, C.S. The origins of symbolism. language and modern behaviour: a review of the African evidence. University of Connecticut, Connecticut, U.S.A., November, 2000.
  • Selected Conference papers 2000-2002
    • Henshilwood, C.S. & d’Errico. F. 2002. Archaeological evidence for the origins of modern human behaviour, language and symbolism. SafA conference, Tucson, USA.
    • d'Errico F., Henshilwood, C., Soressi, M. 2002. Evidence for symbolism and modern language in the MSA and in the Mousterian. A discussion based on direct analysis of the relevant archaeological record, Symposium Behavioral change in the MP/MSA. Society for American Archaeology. Denver April 2002.
    • Tribolo C., Mercier N., Valladas H., Selo M., Joron J-L, Reyss J-L, Henshilwood C., Sealy J., Yates R. 2002. Internal dose rate in quartzites: the case of Blombos Cave, South Africa LED 2002: 10th International conference on Luminescence and Electron Spin Resonance Dating. 24-28 June, 2002, Reno (USA)
    • Henshilwood, C.S. & van Niekerk, K.L. 2001. The earliest archaeological evidence for fishing: identifying fish species from Blombos Cave. Indo-Pacific Fish Conference, Durban, South Africa, May, 2001.
    • Henshilwood, C.S. 2000. An update on the Blombos Cave excavations, 1999 & 2000. SAfA conference, Cambridge, U.K., July, 2000.
  • Selected Invited Public Lectures 2000-2002
    • Henshilwood, C.S. Reworking the African evidence for the origins of modern human behaviour. .Still Bay Town Council invited lecture, Still Bay, South Africa. April, 2002.
    • Henshilwood, C.S. Excavations at Blombos Cave: a review of the evidence. Still Bay Town Council invited lecture, Still Bay, South Africa. December 2001.
    • Henshilwood, C.S. Blombos Cave: rethinking the origins of symbolism, language and modern behaviour: Friends of the Museum invited lecture, South African Museum, Cape Town, South Africa. March 2001.
    • Henshilwood, C.S. 2000. New evidence from Blombos Cave and its implications for the origins of modern human behaviour. South African Archaeological Society, South African Museum, April, 2000.

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