Welcome to the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology
Anthropology [and Archaeology] demands the open-mindedness with which one must look and listen, record in astonishment and wonder that one
would not have been able to guess
We aim to introduce undergraduates to the rich past and complex present of human activity; especially in Southern Africa. We aim to develop these undergraduates into graduates of high calibre who can hold their own anywhere in the world. As a research entity, we publish research of international standing. We also strive to be of service to the many publics in Southern Africa and beyond.
On this website you will find information about:
Anthropology, archaeology and development studies as subjects
Undergraduate and postgraduate courses
Our staff and postgraduates – their research interests and publications
A gallery with pictures of field schools and departmental activities
News, events, community engagement and seminars
Photos from the 2013 Open Day event at the University of Pretoria
Record number of post-graduate degrees for UP’s Class of 2013 - 16/04/2014
The Autumn 2014 graduation figures for the University of Pretoria (UP) confirm that the institution which last year was ranked among the Top 500 universities globally by the prestigious QS World Ranking of Universities, is on track to deliver on its vision of being a leading research-intensive university. A record 4214 post-graduate degrees are being awarded across its nine faculties and business school.
Prof Tiaan de Jager gives an African perspective on environmental issues in Geneva - 15/04/2014
Prof Tiaan de Jager, Deputy Dean: Research in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Director of the University of Pretoria’s Centre for Sustainable Malaria Control, is an expert on the effect of the presence of pharmaceuticals in the environment in Africa. It was on account of this expertise that he was invited by the German Federal Government Environment Protection Agency and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) to address them on the effect of pharmaceuticals on the environment in Africa.
Study asks for ban on 4x4s in protected areas - 15/04/2014
Soil damage caused by 4x4 vehicles is underestimated, long term – between 5 and 1000 years - and mostly irreversible. Due to their negative environmental impact, vehicles should not be allowed to do off-road driving in protected areas. Strict legal measures should be applied to regulate 4x4 use in such areas, while very sensitive areas such as wetland areas should be classified as absolute no-go areas.