Chris Henshilwood was born in Cape Town, South Africa and has a B.A.
Honours in Archaeology (Distinction) from the University of Cape Town.
He then received his training in African archaeology at Cambridge University
in England where he read for his Ph.D in southern African archaeology
(1995). His major areas of interest are the Later- and Middle Stone
Age of southern Africa and the origins of modern human behaviour.
He is a Professor of Archaeology at the Centre for Development Studies,
University of Bergen. He has directed excavations at a number of Stone
Age sites in South Africa. He now directs the Blombos Cave Project,
a long-term major archaeological research project in the southern Cape,
South Africa that is contributing significantly to the international
debate on the origins of modern human behaviour.
Prof. Henshilwood has lectured widely in Europe, America and southern
Africa on the origins of modern humans and the findings at Blombos Cave.
He also directs a long-term survey and excavation program located in
the De Hoop Nature Reserve, southern Cape, South Africa.
He is director of the African Heritage Research Institute in Cape Town
and directs the Cape Field School programme in South Africa. Read his
CURTIS W. MAREAN, Ph.D.
Marean received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley
in 1990, and is now a member of the Institute of Human Origins and Department
of Anthropology at Arizona State University. His research interests
focus on the origins of modern humans, the prehistory of Africa, and
the study of animal bones from archaeological sites. In the area of
the origins of modern humans, he is particularly interested in questions
about foraging strategies, for example when humans became effective
hunters of large antelope, and the timing and processes underlying the
evolution of modern human behavior. Dr. Marean has a special interest
in human occupation of grassland and coastal ecosystems, and the role
people play in the form of these ecosystems.
Dr. Marean's primary methodological approach to investigating these
questions is zooarchaeology, the study of animal bones, and taphonomy,
the study of how bones become fossils. In particular, Dr. Marean focuses
on experimental taphonomy and the replication of bone destruction processes
with the goal of refining zooarchaeological methods. His work in this
area has had a profound impact on zooarchaeological methodology and
our understandings of Neanderthals and early modern human hunting behavior.
He has recently developed a novel image-analysis zooarchaeological recording
system that utilizes GIS software. This approach is a substantial improvement
in zooarchaeological methodology.
He is currently directing archaeological excavations, with Dr. Peter
Nilssen, at Mossel Bay in South Africa, not far from the De Hoop Nature
ADDITIONAL TEACHING STAFF
Niekerk, B.Sc.(Hons.), M.Phil.
Karen has been field school co-ordinator of the CFS programme since 2002. She is a research member of the Blombos Cave Project and has excavated at Blombos Cave and other sites during the past five years. Her research specialty is marine fauna, in particular fish and shellfish.
Field School Coordinator
Karen has a B.Sc. Honours (Distinction) in archaeology from the University of Cape Town and an M. Phil. (Archaeology) from the University of Bergen, Norway.
Specialist field staff with experience in African archaeology are appointed
for each field school. Local field school staff includes a catering
supervisor and field assistants.