Professor Wadley joined the IHE in 2008. She worked in the Wits Archaeology Department from 1982 - 2004. Since 2004 she has held an honorary position at the University, where she continues to supervise graduate students and do active research into Middle Stone Age issues. She has directed excavations at South African sites such as Rose Cottage and Sibudu Caves. The Sibudu excavations are ongoing. Her main research interest is ancient cognition and her experimental archaeology is geared towards understanding the mental architecture required for various behaviours. Her most recent work is on the production and use of compound adhesives and the implications this has for cognition.
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