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Dr Jane Humphris
Head of UCL Qatar Research in Sudan
Tel: +974 4457 8693
Dr Jane Humphris heads UCL Qatar's research in Sudan. Her main research project concerns the ancient iron production industries associated with the Kingdom of Kush, and this research sees her excavating in Sudan for a number of months each year. She utilises a combination of archaeological and archaeometallurgical methods to investigate the remains of the iron industries, with the aim of revealing their technological nature, socio-cultural role and politico-economic impact during this key period of Nubian history. Furthermore, she hopes to define the position of Meroitic iron production within the broader debates surrounding the origins of iron production in Africa.
Dr Humphris holds a PhD in African Archaeometallurgy and an MA in African Archaeology from UCL, and a BA in Ancient History and Archaeology from the University of Manchester. As well as working in Botswana, Kenya and Tanzania, her undergraduate and Master’s dissertations focused on the ethno-historical and archaeometallurgical research she carried out in Uganda, while her PhD thesis addressed the reconstruction and the role of iron smelting industries in pre-colonial Rwanda.
Gestrich, N., Humphris, J. and McDonald K.C. (in press). Iron Production in the Periphery: its role in first millennium AD Middle Niger urbanism. In Lippiello, L. and Park, D. P. (eds), Urbanization in Ancient Africa. New Haven: Yale University Publications in Anthropology.
Humphris. J., and Rehren. Th. (Eds.) 2013. The World of Iron. Archetype publications, London.
Humphris. J and Iles. L. 2013. Pre-Colonial Iron production in Great Lakes Africa: Recent archaeometallurgical research at the UCL Institute of Archaeology. In Humphris. J and Rehren. Th. (Eds.), The World of Iron. Archetype publications, London
Giblin. J., Humphris. J., Mugabowagahunde, M., and Ntagwabira, A 2011: Post-Genocide Challenges to Archaeological Site Management in Rwanda: Urbanization, Cash Crops, Environmentalism and Political-Will. Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites
Humphris. J., Martinón-Torres. M., Rehren. Th., and Reid. A. 2009: Variability in single smelting episodes - a pilot study using iron slag from Uganda. Journal of Archaeological Science 36 issue 2, 359-369
Humphris. J. 2008: Iron production in southern Rwanda: a summary of recent research. Nyame Akuma 70, December 2008
Giblin. J. and Humphris. J. 2008: Recent archaeological excavations in Rwanda. Past Horizons Magazine, September issue
Rehren. Th., Charlton. M., Chirikure. S., Humphris. J., Ige. A., and Veldhuijzen. H.A. 2007: Decisions set in slag: the human factor in African iron smelting. In La Niece, S., Hook, D., Craddock, P. (Eds.), Metals and Mines: Studies in Archaeometallurgy. Archetype, London, pp. 211-218.
Giblin. J. and Humphris. J. 2007: Archaeological Research continues in Rwanda. Journal of the National Museums of Rwanda (Ikambere), 4.
Giblin. J. and Humphris. J. 2006: Archaeological Research continues in Rwanda. Journal of the National Museums of Rwanda (Ikambere), 3.
Giblin. J. and Humphris. J. 2006: Archaeological Research in Rwanda. Journal of the National Museums of Rwanda (Ikambere), 2.