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  • Dr Nikolas Gestrich
  • Honorary Research Associate
  • n.gestrich@ucl.ac.uk
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

Nikolas Gestrich

Nikolas Gestrich recently completed his PhD at the Institute of Archaeology with a thesis entitled “The Archaeology of Social Organisation at Tongo Maaré Diabal”. He is currently working with Kevin MacDonald at the IoA on a combined monograph on the 1993-1996 and 2010 excavations at Tongo Maaré Diabal (Mali).

Research Interests

  • Complex societies in pre-colonial West Africa
  • Urbanism and peripheries in West Africa
  • Craft specialisation
  • Ceramic analysis
  • Earthen architecture
  • Use of space in complex societies
  • Gestrich, N., Humphris, J., and MacDonald, K. (in press): Iron Production in the Periphery: its role in first millennium AD Middle Niger urbanisation. In: D. Park and L. Lippiello (eds.), Urbanization in Ancient Africa. Yale University Publications in Anthropology
  • Gestrich, N (2011): Putting a Price on the Past: The Ethics and Economics of Archaeology in the Marketplace - a reply to “What is Public Archaeology?”. Present Pasts 3, 2; 80-82
  • MacDonald, K., Camara, S., Canos Donnay, S., Gestrich, N., and Keita, D. (2011): Sorotomo: A forgotten Malian capital? Archaeology International 13; 52-64

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