Southern African Diversity

Thembi Russell, Senior Researcher, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Grappling with diversity in livestock-related archaeology in southern Africa, from 2300 years ago

Thembi Russell is a Senior Researcher in the School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and Senior Honorary Research Associate at University College London since 2013. Her research interests include the identity and archaeology of pastoralists, hunter-gatherers and farmers, particularly from around 2300 years ago in southern Africa. Website.

Maryna Steyn, Professor, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

A holistic approach towards understanding the past: the example of four women from Kwa-Zulu Natal (South Africa)

Maryna Steyn is a Biological Anthropologist who qualified as a medical doctor in 1983 (University of Pretoria) and then obtained a PhD from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1994. As a specialist in human skeletal remains, she consults to the South African Police Service on decomposed and skeletonized human remains and holds an accreditation as forensic anthropologist from FASE (Forensic Anthropology Society of Europe). In the past 20 years she has completed more than 500 forensic anthropological case reports and has been involved in several high-level investigations and repatriations. She conducts research on human remains from forensic contexts and archaeological sites, focusing on skeletal identification and palaeopathology. She has published over 130 papers in scientific journals, as well as several book chapters. She is co-author of the book “The Human Skeleton in Forensic Medicine” (Charles C Thomas Pub 2013). Maryna is a member of the editorial board of Forensic Science International and was the director of the Forensic Anthropology Research Centre (FARC) at University of Pretoria until 2015. She is currently the Head of School of Anatomical Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand and Director of Human Variation and Identification Research Unit (HVIRU). She holds a B-rating from the National Research Foundation (NRF). Maryna now serves her second term as president of the Anatomical Society of Southern Africa, and serves on the boards of FASE and the International Association for Craniofacial Identification (IACI). Website.

Anne-Maria Fehn, Researcher, Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, CIBIO-InBIO, Universidade do Porto, Porto, Portugal

The Okavango River Basin as a contact zone – a linguistic perspective

Anne-Maria Fehn Website.

Jorge Rocha, Assistant Professor, Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, CIBIO-InBIO, Universidade do Porto, Porto, Portugal

Tracing invisible footsteps: the genetic and linguistic legacy of pre-Bantu peoples in southwestern Angola

Jorge Rocha Website.