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The newly elected Student Council:
Standing: Mariette Harcombe and Rosa Moll
Seated: Peter Morrissey, Lu-Marie Fraser and Nthabiseng Mokoena

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Lu-Marie Fraser (Chair): I am currently finishing up my Masters degree in Archaeology at the University of Pretoria (UP). I am focusing on zooarchaeology and the Iron Age. I am particularly interested in the role of domesticates during the Iron Age, as well as hunting, hunting techniques and farmers that hunted during the Iron Age of southern Africa, with a special focus on Botswana. I am also the student representative on the ASAPA council. As SAASC’s chair I hope to bring students from all over southern Africa together.

Contact: secretary@saasc.co.za

Peter Morrissey (Treasurer): I am completing a Masters in Archaeology at the University of the Witwatersrand after obtaining a BSc and a BSc Honours at the same institution. I specialise in Geoarchaeology. My research is focused on providing the context (depositional, post-depositional, and environmental) in which to interpret the archaeological record. Although I get excited about virtually all archaeology, I am particularly interested in the Earlier Stone Age and the Middle Stone Age. As a specialist, I am especially excited by the potential for future research collaborations that the engagement between students at the Student Development Workshops provides.

Contact: secretary@saasc.co.za

Mariette Harcombe (Secretary): Mariette Harcombe is a Masters graduate in Ancient Near Eastern Studies and is currently busy with her PhD in the same discipline at the University of South Africa. Her research focuses on the non-destructive analysis if ancient Egyptian bronzes using nuclear imaging techniques. She also holds an Honours degree in Archaeology and served as a junior lecturer in UNISA’s department of Anthropology and Archaeology for two years (2009-2010). She is an Editorial Assistant at UNISA Press and specializes in plagiarism detection and journal management.

Contact: secretary@saasc.co.za

Nthabiseng Mokoena (Events organizer): Nthabiseng Mokoena is a Masters graduate from the University of the Witwatersrand. She is originally from Lesotho and currently serves on the ASAPA council as a SADC officer. Mokoena is also on the Southern African Archaeological Student Council. Her interests in archaeology include rock art, Iron Age, Middle Stone Age, Historical archaeology and heritage management. Mokoena advocates for the inclusion of communities in archaeological projects whether they are directly or indirectly affected. She wishes to make a contribution to the improvement of archaeology in southern Africa.

Contact: secretary@saasc.co.za

Rosa Moll (Workshop coordinator): I am a MSc student at the University of the Witwatersrand. I work on the Earlier Stone Age, trying to understand the technological patterns of Early Acheulean stone knappers. I am currently excavating and studying the artefacts from Maropeng and I previously worked at Sterkfontein Caves, both in the Cradle of Humankind, Gauteng, South Africa. I am interested in the technological behaviours of ESA knappers and how these behaviours and traditions changed at significant moments of cognitive and physical evolution, such as from the shift from the Oldowan to the Acheulean.

Contact: secretary@saasc.co.za

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