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Department of Anthropology & Archaeology

PROF INNOCENT PIKIRAYI

BA (Hons), MA (Hons) (UZ), PhD (Uppsala)

Tel.: +27 12 420 4661; fax.: +27 86 542 9204

E-mail: innocent.pikirayi@up.ac.za

 




BIO

Professor Innocent Pikirayi researches on southern African later Iron Age, specifically on the archaeology of Great Zimbabwe and post Great Zimbabwe periods. He has published numerous articles in refereed and peer-reviewed journals and chapters in edited books on various topics on the origins, development and decline of the Zimbabwe Tradition. Using geo-archaeological methods, he is investigating the decline of Mapungubwe and Great Zimbabwe as pre-European centres of political power and influence in southern Africa. His scientific contribution to the archaeology of southern Africa also focuses on ceramics. Current research on archaeological and ethnographic ceramics in southern Africa attempts to address limitations posed by pottery in archaeology and seeks new answers on pottery production, distribution, use and the relationships between material culture and human group identities. Professor Pikirayi is also developing an interest in public archaeology, specifically on the relevance of archaeological practice to descendant communities.

 

COURSES TAUGHT

African and World Archaeology (AGL 120)

Field Methods and Interpretation (AGL 220)

Collections Management (AGL 320)

Advanced Archaeological Theory (AGL 751)

Current Issues in Archaeology (AGL 753)

 

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Reviewer, National Research Foundation (NRF) Evaluation and Rating Assessment Panel for Anthropology, Development Studies, Sociology and Social Work, 2008- 2010

Served on the Advisory Panel Meeting of the National Research Foundation (NRF) to consider, evaluate and make recommendations on the pre-proposals, proposals and applications for the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI), 18 May 2007, NRF, Pretoria.

Editorial Board member, Azania: the Journal of African Archaeological Research published by the British Institute in Eastern Africa (BEIA), and covering a wide range of the archaeology of Africa’s past, March 2007-present.

Editorial Board member, African Archaeological Review, a highly rated journal that publishes articles on African archaeology, highlighting the contributions of the region as they relate to key global issues, September 2008-present.

Member, Permit Review Committee, South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA, April 2008-present.

Editorial Board member of African Humanities Program (AHP) Publications series, 2012-2015

 

 

SELECT PUBLICATIONS

Koleini, F., de Beer, F., Schoeman, H. M., Pikirayi, I., Chirikure, S., Nothnagel, G. & Radebe, J. M. 2012. Efficiency of neutron tomography in visualizing the internal structure of metal artefacts from Mapungubwe museum collection with the aim of conservation. Journal of Cultural Heritage (in press).

Koleini, F, Prinsloo, L; Schoeman, M. H. A; Pikirayi, I & Chirikure, S. 2012. Characterization of the corrosion layer on iron archaeological artefacts from K2 (825–1220 AD), an archaeological site in South Africa. Studies in Conservation (in press).

Koleini, F., Schoeman, M.H.A., Pikirayi, I. & Chirikure, S. 2012. Evidence for indigenous strip-drawing in production of wire at Mapungubwe Hill (1220-1290 AD): towards an interdisciplinary approach. Journal of Archaeological Science 39, 757-762.

Manyanga, M., Pikirayi, I. & Chirikure, S. 2010. Conceptualising the Urban Mind in pre-European Southern Africa: Rethinking Mapungubwe and Great Zimbabwe. In Sinclair, P. J. J., Nordquist, G., Herschend, F. & Isendahl, C. (eds).The Urban Mind: Cultural and Environmental Dynamics. Studies in Global Archaeology 15. Uppsala University: African and Comparative Archaeology, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, 573-590.

Pikirayi, I. 2011. Tradition, Archaeological Heritage Protection and Communities in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. Addis Ababa: Organisation for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA).

Chirikure, S. & Pikirayi. I. 2008.Inside and outside the dry stone walls: revisiting the material culture of Great Zimbabwe. Antiquity 82, 1-18.

Lindahl, A. & Pikirayi, I. 2010. Ceramics and change: an overview of pottery production techniques in northern South Africa and eastern Zimbabwe during the first and second millennium AD. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 2 (3), 133-149.

Manyanga, M., Pikirayi, I. & Chirikure, S. 2010. Conceptualising the Urban Mind in pre-European Southern Africa: Rethinking Mapungubwe and Great Zimbabwe. In Sinclair, P. J. J., Nordquist, G., Herschend, F. & Isendahl, C. (eds).The Urban Mind: Cultural and Environmental Dynamics. Studies in Global Archaeology 15. Uppsala University: African and Comparative Archaeology, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, 573-590.

Pikirayi, I. 2006. Gold, black ivory an houses of stone: historical archaeology in Africa. In Hall, M. & Silliman, S. W. (ed). Historical Archaeology. Blackwell Studies in Global Archaeology 9. Massachusetts, Oxford and Carlton: Blackwell Publishing, 230-250.

Pikirayi, I. 2006. The demise of Great Zimbabwe, AD 1420-1550: an environmental re-appraisal. In Green, A & Leech, R. (eds). Cities in the World, 1500-2000. The Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology Monograph 3. Leeds, UK: Maney Publishing, 31-47.

Pikirayi, I. 2006. The kingdom, the power and forevermore: Zimbabwe culture in contemporary art and architecture. Journal of Southern African Studies 32 (4), 755-770.

Pikirayi, I. 2007. Ceramics and group identities: towards a social archaeology in southern African Iron Age ceramic studies. Journal of Social Archaeology 7 (3), 286-301.

Pikirayi, I. 2007. Public involvement in archaeological excavations in southern Africa. In Ucko, P., Ling, Q. & Hubert, J. (eds). From Concepts of the Past to Practical Strategies: the teaching of archaeological field techniques. London: Saffron Books, 305-20.

Pikirayi, I. 2009. Palaces, Feiras and Prazos: An Historical Archaeological Perspective of African–Portuguese Contact in Northern Zimbabwe. African Archaeological Review 26 (3), 163-185.

Pikirayi, I. 2009. The archaeology of sub-Saharan Africa: an overview. In Cunliffe, B., Gosden, C. & Joyce, R. A. (eds). Introduction. The Oxford Handbook of Archaeology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 723-762.

Pikirayi, I. 2009. What can archaeology do for society in southern Africa? Historical Archaeology 32 (4), 125-127.