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Department of Anthropology & Archaeology

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

Margaret Mead

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



Minister Derek Hanekom launches Centre of Excellence in Food Security - 16/04/2014
South Africa's drive to create a competitive and food secure state was boosted on Tuesday (15 April) with the launch of the Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Food Security at University of the Western Cape (UWC) in collaboration with the University of Pretoria (UP).
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Tax specialist nominated for an Education Innovation Award - 15/04/2014
A senior lecturer in the Department of Taxation, Ms Theresa van Oordt, has been nominated for the Laureate Award for Education Innovation.
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Research Focus: Pharmaceutical Sales Representatives: Profit by non-financial motivators - 14/04/2014
“Often neglected non-financial motivators could prove highly effective in improving employee productivity,” Dr Melanie Wiese and Dr Ronel Coetzee of the University of Pretoria’s Department of Marketing Management conclude in an article in the Southern African Business Review.
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The University conferred an Honorary Doctorate to Prof JW Creswell - 14/04/2014
JW Creswell is professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His research output includes many articles on mixed methods research, qualitative methodology and general research design, as well as 22 books.
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Recent articles and blogs 

Opening Anthropology: An interview with Keith Hart (Part 1 of 3).

Prof Keith Hart delivered the keynote lecture for the 24th Conference of the Societa’ Italiana di Economia Pubblica: “Informal economy, tax evasion and corruption”, Pavia, 24-25 September 2012.

Archaeologists find graves containing bodies of 5,000 slaves on remote island

Archaeologists rush to the V&A to dig up 19th Century ship wreck.


Prof Keith Hart delivered a lecture at a seminar organized by Jean-Louis Laville and Geoffrey Pleyers, EHESS, Paris, 2 February 2012.

Social movements and the solidarity economy 

By John Kelly

Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, February 26, 2011; 7:03 PM

44 years later, Tally's Corner is revealed

Saba Mahmood: Democracy is not enough - Anthropologists on the Arab revolution part II

03:24:29 am, 22/02/11

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Scientists: Oldest human found in Alaska is a child, cremated 11,500 years ago

By Brian Vastag

Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, February 24, 2011; 4:57 PM

What about presenting research findings with cartoons?  Take a look at here

 00:49:00 am, 27/02/11

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