A new study, recently published in PLOS 1, in which UCT researcher Dr Domingo Carlos Salazar Garcia, from the Department of Archaeology, participated, reveals a 9000 year old case of decapitation, found in a rock shelter in Brazil. The researchers think this may be the oldest case of decapitation found in the New Word, leading to a re-evaluation of the previous interpretations of this practice, particularly with regards to its origins and geographic dispersion.
Dr Robyn Pickering is hard at work on UCT’s new dating laboratory, due to be launched on 22 October. The lab builds on UCT’s reputation in geochemistry, rooted in the radiogenic isotope facility set up 10 years ago.
The secrets of Okavango’s delicate but robust ecosystem are rooted in a unique give and take exchange involving the geology, geochemistry, and flora, said alumnus Professor Terence McCarthy. Professor McCarthy delivered the annual Science Faculty Distinguished Alumni Lecture at UCT on 16 September, titled ‘Unravelling the Okavango’.
Associate Professor Rebecca Ackermann, from the Department of Archaeology at UCT was interviewed on SABC about the discovery of Homo naledi. Continue here to watch the interview.