Faculty of Science Research Report 2006 Department of Archaeology




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Faculty of Science

Research Report 2006




Department of Archaeology

Research Report 2006



Head of Department: Associate Professor Judith Sealy


Departmental Profile


The Department of Archaeology is characterised by a diversity of well-established research interests. The Western Cape has a rich archaeological heritage which includes evidence of hunter-gatherer settlement, pastoralist communities and colonial settlers - all are highlighted in ongoing research interests. Further afield, the Department also has a research focus on the archaeology of early Tswana and Sotho-speaking agropastoralists, particularly in North West and the Free State. In addition, the Department is home to archaeometric and materials research, focussing on palaeoanthropology, past environments, early human diets and materials analysis. The Department of Archaeology has developed an expertise in Cultural Resource Management, working with both government and private sectors to mitigate the effects of development and widen public awareness of the importance of the past.


Departmental Statistics


Permanent and long-term contract staff


Professors

1

Associate Professors

2

Senior Lecturers

2

Research Staff

3

Technical Support Staff

2

Administrative and Clerical Staff

1

Departmental Assistant

1

Lab Assistant

1

Total

13



Honorary staff


Honorary Professors

1

Honorary Research Associates

8

Total

9



Students


Postdoctoral

1

Doctoral

8

Masters

8

Honours

4

Undergraduates

324

Total

344



Research Fields and Staff


Permanent staff


Professor John Parkington

Hunter-gatherers; palaeoenvironmental reconstruction and human ecology; prehistoric art; coastal archaeology


Associate Professor Judith Sealy

Head of Department. Archaeometry; stable isotopes; precolonial southern Africa


Associate Professor Andrew Smith

Prehistoric pastoralism; origins of food production; ethnohistory


Dr Rebecca Rogers Ackermann

Senior lecturer; hominid evolution; variation; morphometrics; visualization and modeling; quantitative methods


Dr Simon Hall

Senior lecturer; hunter-gatherers and farmers; Stone/Iron Age interaction; landscape sharing


Contract research staff


Mr David Halkett

Contract archaeology; historical archaeology; prehistory of the southwestern Cape


Mr Tim Hart

Contract archaeology; historical archaeology; prehistory of the southwestern Cape


Mr Jayson Orton

Contract archaeology; historical archaeology; prehistory of the southwestern Cape


Honorary Professor


Professor T.M. O'C Maggs

Iron Age archaeology in southern Africa


Emeritus Professor


Professor Nikolaas J. van der Merwe

Isotopes; palaeodiets; palaeoenvironments; archaeometallurgy


Honorary Research Associates


Dr Y. Brink

Interpretation of symbolism and complexity in eighteenth century Cape architecture


Dr A. Jerardino

Coastal archaeology


Mr P. Jolly

Rock art


Dr J. Klose

Historical archaeology; ceramics


Dr Y. Lam

Archaeozoology


Dr A. Malan

Archaeology of the colonial period; archives and vernacular architecture


Dr D. Miller

Archaeometallurgy; materials analysis


Dr M. Winer

Historical archaeology, landscape archaeology


Postdoctoral Fellows


Dr S. Chirikure

Archaeometallurgy of pre-colonial tin and bronze production in southern Africa


Distinguished visitors


Professor David Killick

University of Arizona – archaeological science


Professor Susan Pfeiffer

University of Toronto – physical anthropology


Professor Jean-Philippe Rigaud

Bordeaux – Prehistory


Professor Carmel Schrire

Rutgers University – historial archaeology


Professor Pierre-Jean Texier

CNRS-Valbonne France - Prehistory


Professor Paola Villa

University of Colorado - Stone artefact technology


Contact Details

Postal address: Department of Archaeology, University of Cape Town, Private Bag X3, Rondebosch, 7701

Telephone: +27 21 650 2353

Fax: +27 21 650 2352

E-mail: lynn@age.uct.ac.za

Web: http://www.uct.ac.za/depts/age/


Research Output


Articles in peer-reviewed journals


Ackermann, R., Rogers, J. and Cheverud, J.M. 2006. Identifying the morphological signatures of hybridization in primate and human evolution. Journal of Human Evolution, 51: 632-645.


Chirikure, S. 2006. New light on Njanja iron working: Towards a systematic encounter between ethnohistory and archaeometallurgy. South African Archaeological Bulletin, 61(184): 142-151.


Chirikure, S. and Rehren, T. 2006. Iron smelting in pre-colonial Zimbabwe: Evidence for diachronic change from Swart Village and Baranda, northern Zimbabwe. Journal of African Archaeology, 4(1): 37-54.


Clayton, F.H., Sealy, J.C. and Pfeiffer, S. 2006. Weaning age among foragers at Matjes River Rock Shelter, South Africa, from stable nitrogen and carbon isotope analyses. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 129: 311-317.


Codron, D.M., Codron, J., Lee-Thorp, J.A., Sponheimer, M., Deruiter, D.J. and Brink, J.S. 2006. Dietary variation in impala Aepyceros melampus recorded by carbon isotope composition of feces. Acta Zoologica Sinica, 52(6): 1015-1025.


Codron, D.M., Lee-Thorp, J.A., Sponheimer, M., Deruiter, D.J. and Codron, J. 2006. Inter- and intrahabitat dietary variability of Chacma baboons (Papio ursinus) in South African savannas based on fecal δ13C, δ15N, and %N. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 129: 204-214.


Codron, D.M., Luyt, J., Lee-Thorp, J.A., Sponheimer, M., Deruiter, D.J. and Codron, J. 2005. Reply to Thackeray. Correspondence. South African Journal of Science, 101(September/October): 484.


Codron, J., Lee-Thorp, J.A., Sponheimer, M., Codron, D.M., Grant, R.C. and Deruiter, D.J. 2006. Elephant (Loxodonta africana) diets in the Kruger National Park, South Africa: Spatial and landscape differences. Journal of Mammalogy, 87(1): 27-34.


Dewar, G., Halkett, D.J., Hart, T.J.G., Orton, J. and Sealy, J.C. 2006. Implications of a mass kill site of springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis) in South Africa: Hunting practices, gender relations, and sharing in the Later Stone Age. Journal of Archaeological Science, 33: 1266-1275.


Hall, M. 2006. Identity, memory and countermemory: The archaeology of an urban landscape. Journal of Material Culture, 11(1-2): 189-209.


Hall, M. 2005. One world, one place. Archaeologies: Journal of the World Archaeological Congress, 1(1): 119-125.


Hall, S.L. and Mazel, A. 2005. The private performance of events: Colonial period rock art from the Swartruggens. Kronos, 31: 124-151.


Hall, S.L., Miller, D.E., Anderson, M.S. and Boeyens, J. 2006. An exploratory study of copper and iron production at Marothodi, an early 19th century Tswana town, Rustenburg District, South Africa. Journal of African Archaeology, 4(1): 3-35.


Jolly, P. 2006. Dancing with two sticks: Investigating the origin of a southern African rite. South African Archaeological Bulletin, 61(184): 172-180.


Matthews, T., Denys, C. and Parkington, J.E. 2006. An analysis of the mole rats (Mammalia: Rodentia) from Langebaanweg (Mio-Pliocene, South Africa). Geobios, 39: 853-864.


Morris, A.G., Dlamini, N., Joseph, J., Parker, A., Powrie, C.M., Ribot, I. and Stynder, D.D. 2004/5. Later Stone Age burials from the Western Cape Province, South Africa Part 1: Voelvlei. Southern African Field Archaeology, 13 & 14: 19-26.


Orton, J. 2006. The Later Stone Age lithic sequence at Elands Bay, Western Cape, South Africa: Raw materials, artefacts and sporadic change. Southern African Humanities, 18(2): 1-28.


Orton, J. and Compton, J. 2006. A reworked mid-Holocene lithic assemblage at Dunefield Midden 1, Elands Bay, South Africa. South African Archaeological Bulletin, 61: 90-95.


Parkington, J.E. and Fisher, J.W. 2006. Small mammal bones on Later Stone Age sites from the Cape (South Africa): Consumption and ritual events. Archaeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association, 16: 71-79.


Pfeiffer, S. and Sealy, J.C. 2006. Body size among Holocene foragers of the Cape Ecozone, Southern Africa. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 129: 1-11.


Sealy, J.C. 2006. Diet, mobility, and settlement pattern among Holocene hunter-gatherers in southernmost Africa. Current Anthropology, 47(4): 569-595.


Sealy, J.C., Ludwig, B. and Henderson, Z. 2006. New radiocarbon dates for Matjes River Rock Shelter. South African Archaeological Bulletin, 61(183): 98-101.


Ségalen, L., Renard, M., Lee-Thorp, J.A., Emmanuel, L., Callonnec, L.L., Rafelis, M., Senut, B., Pickford, M. and Melice, J.-L. 2006. Neogene climate change and emergence of С4 grasses in the Namib, southwestern Africa, as reflected in ratite 13C and 18O. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 224: 725-734.


Smith, A.B. 2006. Kasteelberg: A pastoralist sealing camp in Western Cape Province, South Africa. The Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology, 1(1): 109-122.


Sponheimer, M. and Lee-Thorp, J.A. 2006. Enamel diagenesis at South African Australopith sites: Implications for paleoecological reconstruction with trace elements. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 70: 1644-1654.


Sponheimer, M., De Ruiter, D., Lee-Thorp, J.A. and Spath, A. 2005. Sr/Ca and early hominin diets revisited: New data from modern and fossil tooth enamel. Journal of Human Evolution, 48: 147-156.


Sponheimer, M., Loudon, J.E., Codron, D.M., Howells, M.E., Pruetz, J.D., Codron, J., Deruiter, D.J. and Lee-Thorp, J.A. 2006. Do "savanna" chimpanzees consume C4 resources? Journal of Human Evolution, 51: 128-133.


Stynder, D. and Yates, R. 2006. A rare example of a human burial with a stone-packed grave shaft in the Western Cape Province, South Africa. South African Archaeological Bulletin, 61(184): 202-207.


Tribolo, C., Mercier, N., Selo, M., Valladas, H., Joron, J.-.L., Reyss, J.-.L., Henshilwood, C., Sealy, J.C. and Yates, R. 2006. TL dating of burnt lithics from Blombos Cave (South Africa): Further evidence for the antiquity of modern human behaviour. Archaeometry, 48(2): 341-357.


Books


Hall, M. and Silliman, S.W. (eds) 2006. Historical Archaeology: 1-341. Oxford: Blackwell.


Smith, A.B. 2006. Excavations at Kasteelberg and the origins of the Khoekhoen in the Western Cape, South Africa: 1-101. British Archaeological Reports International Series 1537: Archaeopress.


Chapters in Books


Hall, M. 2005. The industrial archaeology of entertainment. In E. Casella and J. Symonds (eds), Industrial archaeology: Future directions: 261-278. New York: Springer.


Hall, M. 2005. Situational ethics and engaged practice: The case of archaeology in Africa. In L. Meskell and P. Pels (eds), Embedding ethics: 169-194. Oxford: Berg.


Hall, M. and Silliman, S.W. 2006. Introduction: Archaeology of the modern world. In M. Hall and S.W. Silliman (eds), Historical archaeology: 1-22. Oxford: Blackwell.


Parkington, J.E. 2006. From neo-anthropes to modern people: The changing fortunes of the Middle Stone Age. In G. Blundell (ed.), Origins: The story of the emergence of humans and humanity in Africa: 66-68. Cape Town: Double Storey Books - Juta & Co.


Parkington, J.E. 2006. The archaeology of Late Pleistocene encephalisation in the Cape, southern Africa. In H. Soodyall (ed.), The prehistory of Africa: 64-75. Jeppestown: Jonathan Ball Publishers.


Smith, A.B. 2006. Historical perspectives on the rock art of the Sahara and Southern Africa. In Y. Gauthier, J. Le Quellec and R. Simonis (eds), Hic sunt leones. Mélanges sahariens en l'honneur d'Alfred Muzzolini: 185-197. France: Cahiers des Amis de l' Art Rupestre Saharien.


Tykot, R., Van der Merwe, N.J. and Burger, R.L. 2006. The importance of maize in Initial Period and Early Horizon Peru. In J. Staller, R. Tykot and B. Benz (eds), Histories of maize: 187-197. London: Academic Press, Elsevier.


Theses and Dissertations Passed for Higher Degrees


Codron, D.M. 2006. The ecological and evolutionary significance of browsing and grazing in savanna ungulates: 1-208. PhD.


Finnegan, E.R. 2006. Buried beyond Buitengracht: Interrogating cultural variability in the historic informal burial ground of Prestwich Street, Cape Town: 1-192. M.Phil.


Fourie, N. 2006. Dietary ecology and niche separation among three closely related species (Parapapio jonesi, Parapapio whitei and Parapapio broomi) of South African Plio-Pleistocene Cercopithecoidea from Makapansgat Limeworks Site: 1-194. M.Sc.


Manthi, F.K. 2006. The Pliocene micromammalian fauna from Kanapoi, northwestern Kenya, and its contribution to understanding the environment of Australopithecus anamensis: 1-231. Ph.D.


Stynder, D.D. 2006. A quantitative assessment of variation in Holocene Khoesan crania from South Africa's western, south-western, southern and south-eastern coasts and coastal forelands: 1-381. PhD.


University publications and works of a popular nature


Dewar, G. 2006. Survival and culture in the coastal desert of Namaqualand. The Digging Stick, 23(2): 1-5.


Hall, M. and Stefoff, R. 2006. Great Zimbabwe: 1-47. New York: Oxford University Press


Schietecatte, L. and Sealy, J.C. 2006. Fish in a medieval fishing village along the North Sea: What do isotopes have to say? In M. Pieters, F. Verhaeghe and G. Gevaert (eds), Fishery, trade and piracy: Fishermen and fishermen’s settlements in and around the North Sea area in the Middle Ages and later: 63-80. Brussels: Flemish Heritage Institute.


Online Works


Ackermann, R. 2006. Human evolution: The evidence all around us. http:www.scientificafrica.co.za/2006/september/evo.


Consultancy and other activities based on expertise developed in research


Dewar, G. and Halkett, D.J. 2006. A report on the preliminary assessment of the Suikerbult community cemeteries on Portion 175 of the farm Onverwacht 143, Oudsthoorn. Prepared for the Municipality of Oudsthoorn. 16pp.


Dewar, G. and Hart, T.J.G. 2006. Phase 1 archaeological assessment of the “EK Green Block” - Erven 493, 484, 485, & 486 Somerset Road, Green Point, Cape Town. Prepared for Paradise Creek Investments (Pty) Ltd. 12pp.


Dewar, G. and Hart, T.J.G. 2006. Phase 1 archaeological assessment of electrical services in Alfred and Prestwich Streets, Green Point, Cape Town. Prepared for the City of Cape Town. 11pp.


Finnegan, E. 2006. Heritage assessment of the proposed subdivision of Erf 60, Glencairn. Prepared for Andre van der Spuy Environmental Consultants. 16pp.


Finnegan, E. and Hart, T.J.G. 2006. Heritage assessment of the proposed subdivision of Erf 2906 Swellendam. Prepared for Piet Groenewald (Town Planner) on behalf of Rothman Development Trust. 15pp.


Halkett, D.J. 2006. A heritage scoping study of proposed sand mining on the farm Kleine Zoute Rivier, Portion 84, near Atlantis. Prepared for Atlantic Sands (Pty) Ltd. 7pp.


Halkett, D.J. 2006. A management plan for historical graves on the Gamka Wilderness Reserve, Little Karoo. Prepared for the Gamka Trust. 12pp.


Halkett, D.J. 2006. A re-evaluation of proposed mitigation of the site GMK 1, Gamka Wilderness Reserve, Little Karoo. Prepared for the Gamka Trust. 7pp.


Halkett, D.J. 2006. A report on the discovery of a human burial on Portion 91 of Farm 394, (Erf 394/1), Noetsie, Western Cape. Prepared for Pezula Private Estate Pty (Ltd). 12pp.


Halkett, D.J. 2006. An archaeological impact assessment of Portions 3, 7, 12, 59, 107, 108 and a portion of Portion 2 and a portion of Portion 4 of the farm Hanglip No. 305 and portions of both Portions 6 and 13 of the farm Wittedrift No. 306, Plettenberg Bay. Prepared for Chris Mulder and Associates Incorporated. 39pp.


Halkett, D.J. 2006. An archaeological impact assessment of Portions 42 and 176 of Uitzicht No.216, Knysna Prepared for Pieter Badenhorst, Environmental Consultant. 27pp.


Halkett, D.J. 2006. An archaeological impact assessment of the infill development proposal on the remainder of the Farm Noetzie no. 394, Knysna. Prepared for Pieter Badenhorst Environmental Consultant. 19pp.


Halkett, D.J. 2006. An archaeological impact assessment of the proposed raising and upgrading of the Bleskop Dam, Erf 438, (remainder of Groot Brakfontein), Citrusdal. Prepared for Ninham Shand Consulting Services. 5pp.


Halkett, D.J. 2006. An investigation of an historic well on Erf 1878 (Ptn of Erf 20) and Erf 4603 (Ptn of Erf 1878), St. Helena Bay. Prepared for Nations Hero Investments (Pty) Ltd. 5pp.


Halkett, D.J. 2006. An investigation of Erf 247, Roggebaai, Foreshore, Cape Town. Prepared for Chevron. 23pp.


Halkett, D.J. 2006. Notification of intent to develop (section 7.2): Erven 24150-2 & 24149, Maitland. Prepared for the City of Cape Town. 2pp.


Halkett, D.J. 2006. Notification of intent to develop: Portion 6 of the farm Harkerville no. 422, Knysna. Prepared for Pezula Private Estate. 12pp.


Halkett, D.J. 2006. Notification of intent to develop: The Whale Cove development, Erven 1072 to 1078,1121,1122,1125,1126,1183, Cliff Street, Die Kelders. Prepared for Turnstone Trading 48 cc. 13pp.


Halkett, D.J. 2006. Phase 1 archaeological assessment of mining targets in the BMC mining area, Namaqualand, July/August 2006. Prepared for De Beers Consolidated Mines NM. 9pp.


Halkett, D.J. 2006. Report on additional shovel testing on Portion 91 of Farm 394, Noetsie, Knysna, Western Cape. Prepared for Pezula Private Estate Pty (Ltd). 15pp.


Halkett, D.J. 2006. Report on the excavation of test pits at the proposed site of a training facility at the Koeberg nuclear power station. Prepared for ESCOM. 7pp.


Halkett, D.J. and Orton, J. 2006. Archaeological Impact Assessment of Erf 28, Gansbaai, Hermanus magisterial district, Western Cape Province. Prepared for Doug Jeffrey Environmental Consultants (Pty) Ltd. 8pp.


Halkett, D.J. and Orton, J. 2006. Mitigation of archaeological sites within the Buffels Marine and Koingnaas complexes, Namaqualand, September 2005 to May 2006. Prepared for De Beers Consolidated Mines NM. 217pp.


Halkett, D.J. and Orton, J. 2006. Report on shovel testing on Portion 91 of Farm 394, Noetsie, Knysna, western Cape. Prepared for Pezula Private Estate Pty (Ltd). 12pp.


Hart, T.J.G. 2006. A heritage impact assessment of the proposed Helderberg coastal sewer, Heartland (AECI) and Denel properties, Somerset West, Western Cape province. Prepared for Doug Jeffery Environmental Consultants on behalf of the City of Cape Town: Tygerberg Administration, Directorate: Water Services. 10pp.


Hart, T.J.G. 2006. Above ground archaeology: preliminary assessment of Olywenhout, Wellington. Prepared for Ashley Lillie on behalf of Gemini Moon Trading Pty Ltd. 10 pp.


Hart, T.J.G. 2006. An archaeological impact assessment of the proposed ESKOM transmission lines from the OCGT power station site to the Proteus substation Mossel Bay, south western Cape. Prepared for ESKOM. 7pp.


Hart, T.J.G. 2006. Archaeological impact assessment of the Bellville-north water supply system, Prepared for Ninham Shand. 7pp.


Hart, T.J.G. 2006. Baseline heritage assessment of the proposed Symphony Way borrow pit site, Belhar, Cape Town. Prepared for Resource Management Services. 5pp.


Hart, T.J.G. 2006. Initial heritage risk assessment of a proposed ESKOM transmission line route from Oranjemund to Vredendal: Kudu integration project. Prepared for SEF (Pty) Ltd. 11pp.


Hart, T.J.G. 2006. Monitoring of bulk excavations of the extension 3 parking garage, Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town. Prepared for Victoria and Alfred Waterfront (Pty) Ltd. 6pp.


Hart, T.J.G. 2006. Notice of intent to develop: Portion of the remainder 249 of Vyf-Brakkefontein No. 220, Kwanonqaba, Mossel Bay. Prepared for SRK Consulting. 10pp.


Hart, T.J.G. 2006. Notification of intent to develop: Erf 800, Cardiff Road, Simonstown. Prepared for Duncan Bates Land Surveyor on behalf of Mr Richard Crowther. 12 p.


Hart, T.J.G. 2006. Phase 1 archaeological assessment of Myburgh Park, Langebaan. Prepared for Graham Jacobs, CS Design and Heritage Consultants. 9pp.


Hart, T.J.G. 2006. Phase 1 archaeological assessment of the Somerset Hospital precinct, Erf 1559 and Portion of Erf 1056 Green Point, Cape Town. Prepared for NM Associates. 22pp.


Hart, T.J.G. 2006. Phase 1 heritage assessment of a proposed development on farm 227, Pearly Beach, south western Cape. Prepared for Pierre Joubert, Landscape Architect and Environmental Consultant. 12 pp.


Hart, T.J.G. 2006. Phase 1a archaeological impact assessment of a proposed development on Portions 2, 17 & 18 of the farm Klipfonteyn 711, Romansbaai, Gansbaai, south western Cape. Prepared for Baumann and Winter Heritage Consultants on behalf of Pinnacle Point Developers (Pty) Ltd. 16 pp.


Hart, T.J.G. 2006. Phase 1b archaeological impact assessment of a proposed development on Portions 2, 17 & 18 of Farm Klipfonteyn 711, Romansbaai, Gansbaai, south western Cape. Prepared for Baumann and Winter Heritage Consultants of behalf of Pinnacle Point Developers (Pty) Ltd. 22pp.


Hart, T.J.G. 2006. Stage 1 heritage impact assessment of the proposed Levendal Estate, Berg River Valley, Paarl . Prepared for SRK Consulting. 60pp.


Hart, T.J.G. 2006. Upgrading of the road from Gansbaai to Bredasdorp, Western Cape Province: Phase 1 heritage impact assessment for the development of phase 2 borrow pits. Prepared for CCA Environmental. 7pp.


Hart, T.J.G., Halkett, D.J. and Finnegan, 2006. Heritage impact assessment of portion 1 of the farm Hoogekraal 182, Wilderness lakes area, south western Cape. Prepared for Hilland Associates on behalf of Pebble Resorts. 29pp.


Orton, J. 2006. An initial heritage impact assessment of Erf 1366, Eerste River. Prepared for Mr. T. Wessels. 7pp.


Orton, J. 2006. Archaeological impact assessment for the construction of a dam on the Verlorenvlei farm ("Verlorenvalley" 344) near Touwsrivier. Prepared for Ninham Shand. 9pp.


Orton, J. 2006. Archaeological impact assessment of a communications tower on Gys Se Berg, Roodevley (Farm 189), Namaqualand. 10pp.


Orton, J. 2006. Archaeological impact assessment of Erf 153692, Longkloof Studios parking area, Cape Town. Prepared for Paramount Property Fund Ltd. 19pp.


Orton, J. 2006. Archaeological impact assessment of five erven (4874, 4889, 5298, 5302, 5305) in Macassar, Western Cape. Prepared for Mazenethole Properties 13 (Pty) Ltd. 11pp.


Orton, J. 2006. Heritage Impact Assessment of the remainder of farm 1407, Sunnydale. Prepared for CNdV Africa. 5pp.


Orton, J. 2006. Phase 1 Archaeological impact assessment of the remainder of Farm 1675 (Palmiet Valley), Paarl, Paarl magisterial district. Prepared for Palmiet Valley Development Trust. 13pp.


Orton, J. 2006. Preliminary report on excavations at Erf 1626 (Bakoond), Yzerfontein, Malmesbury magisterial district, Western Cape Province. Prepared for Yzerfontein Seaside Estates (Pty) Ltd. 35pp.


Orton, J. and Halkett, D.J. 2006. Report on archaeological excavations on Portion 91 of Farm 394, Noetsie, Knysna, western Cape. Prepared for Pezula Private Estate Pty (Ltd). 12pp.


Orton, J. and Hart, T.J.G. 2006. Archaeological impact assessment of Lot 500, Bonnievale, Swellendam magisterial district, Western Cape Province. 8pp.


Orton, J. and Hart, T.J.G. 2006. Heritage assessment of the proposed Olives Retirement Village, Blouvlei, Erven 1306 and 1307, Wellington. Prepared for SEF (Pty) Ltd. 17pp.


Department of Astronomy

Research Report 2006


Head of Department: Professor Renée C. Kraan-Korteweg


Departmental Profile


The Department specialises in the study of galactic structure, the distance scale, large-scale structure and evolution of galaxies in the Universe, next to high-speed photometry and spectroscopy of variable stars.


Particular emphasis is being given on uncovering galaxies obscured by the Milky Way and the mapping of cosmic flow fields such as in the Great Attractor region. With the opening of SALT, the Southern African Large Telescope, new research areas were initiated in galaxy evolution (as a function of environment and redshift), the dark matter content in nearby dwarf and low surface brightness galaxies and the search for intermediate mass black holes.


Studies of cataclysmic variable stars (exploding stars such as novae) and pulsating white dwarf stars remain a highly active research area of the department, in which the high speed photometry capabilities of SALT also offers new unique mechanisms to learn more about the physics of these highly interesting objects.


The department is an active participant of the National Astrophysics and Space Science Programme – hosted at UCT – which offers Honors and Masters degrees. It has strong links with the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) at only 3.5 km from UCT campus with Dr Thebe Medupe having a joint UCT/SAAO position, while Prof P. Charles (director SAAO) is an Honorary and Prof Patricia Whitelock a Visiting Professor of the Department. The Department also enjoys active research collaboration with other groups abroad.


Departmental Statistics


Permanent and long-term contract staff


Professors

2

Senior Lecturers

1.5

Administrative Staff

0.7

Total

4.2



Honorary & Emeritus Staff


Honorary Professor

1

Emeritus Professor

1

Total

2



Affiliated Researchers


Honorary Professor

1

Visiting Professor

1

Total

2



Students


Doctoral

7

Masters

10

Undergraduate

101

Total

118



Research Fields and Staff


Permanent Staff


Professor Renée C. Kraan-Korteweg (Head of Department)

Large-scale structures and streaming motions in the nearby Universe, the zone of avoidance, systematic HI-surveys; evolution and transformation of galaxies; the dark matter content in nearby dwarf and LSB galaxies; search for intermediate black holes.

Professor Anthony P. Fairall

Large-scale structures and streaming motions in the nearby Universe: the zone of avoidance; visualization and analysis of the large-scale structure.

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