UCT researcher to visit Oxford for a 4 year tenure

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Professor Shadreck Chirikure, Head of the University of Cape Town (UCT) Archaeological Materials Laboratory, has won a Global Professorship from the British Academy for his work dating historical artefacts and the study of pre-colonial urban societies in Africa.

The award provides the opportunity for internationally recognised scholars working in the social sciences and humanities to relocate to the United Kingdom (UK) for four years and continue their research at a British university.

Prof Chirikure will soon take up his place at the University of Oxford’s School of Archaeology. During this professorship at the University of Oxford, Prof Chirikure hopes to raise the profile of African archaeology at Oxford and support other young African scholars here.

Prof Chirikure plans to continue his work looking at pre-colonial urban society in southern Africa and addressing questions that lie at the intersection of human community, food and landscape during his year tenure at Oxford.

He is also excited to utilise the archives, research technology and laboratories while also collaborating with other researchers in Oxford. Read more about Prof Chirikure's research interests and plans in Oxford here.