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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 a UCL 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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