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  • Dr Thembi Russell
  • Honorary Senior Research Associate
  • thembi.russell@ucl.ac.uk
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

Thembi Russell

Thembi Russell is a lecturer in the Department of Archaeology at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa and co-editor of the South African Archaeological Bulletin. Her research interests include hunter-gatherer and pastoralist rock art in South Africa and Northern Kenya, and radiocarbon databases and their analysis.

She is currently collaborating with an IoA team to model the large scale dispersal of sub-Saharan Africa’s first farmers.

Research Interests

  • Hunter-gatherer and pastoralist rock art
  • Large scale human dispersals
  • Human animal relationships
  • 2013. Through the skin: exploring pastoralist marks and their meanings to understand parts of East African rock art. Journal of Social Archaeology 13(1): 3-30.
  • 2012. No one said it would be easy. Ordering San painting using the Harris Matrix: dangerously fallacious? A reply to David Pearce. South African Archaeological Bulletin 67(196): 267-272.
  • 2012. The position of rock art. A consideration of how GIS can contribute to the understanding of the age and authorship of rock art. In Smith, B., Morris, D. & Helskog, K. (eds) Working with Rock Art. Johannesburg: Wits University Press: Johannesburg, pp 36-45
  • 2011. Russell, T & Kiura, P. A re-consideration of the rock engravings at the burial site of Namoratung’a south, Northern Kenya and their relationship to modern Turkana livestock brands. South African Archaeological Bulletin 66 (194): 121-128.
  • 2009. Russell, T. & Steele, J. A geo-referenced radiocarbon database for Early Iron Age sites in sub-Saharan Africa: initial analysis. Southern African Humanities 21 (1): 327-344.
  • 2004. The spatial analysis of radiocarbon databases: the spread of the first farmers to Europe and of the fat-tailed sheep in southern Africa. BAR International Series 1294. Oxford: Archaeopress.
  • 2003. Gkiasta, M., Russell, T Steele, J. & Shennan, S. Origins of European agriculture: the radiocarbon record revisited. Antiquity 77: 45-62.

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