Curator at the Origins Centre Museum, University of the Witwatersrand

Dr Tammy Hodgskiss is the curator at the Origins Centre museum. Her role at Origins Centre includes curating permanent and temporary exhibitions, and developing the public lecture series, public programs, educational workshops and outreach. She obtained her PhD in Archaeology in 2013; her research focus is on ochre use in the South African Middle Stone Age and how these earth pigments can be used to reconstruct past activities, behaviour and cognition.

Experience

  • 2018–present
    Curator, Origins Centre, University of the Witwatersrand
  • 2017–2018
    Research associate, University of the Witwatersrand
  • 2015–2016
    Postdoctoral research fellow, University of the Witwatersrand
  • 2013–2014
    Education Officer, ETHER Eternal Heritage
  • 2007–2008
    South African Rock Art Digital Archive, Rock Art Research Institute

Education

  • 2013 
    University of the Witwatersrand, Doctor of Philosophy

Publications

  • 2019
    Review of Viestad, V.M. 2018. Dress as Social Relations: An Interpretation of Bushman Dress. Johannesburg: Wits University Press (ISBN 978-1-77614-191-3.), South African Archaeological Bulletin 74(209): 63-64
  • 2019
    Ochre Use in the Middle Stone Age, Oxford Research Encyclopaedia of Anthropology
  • 2018
    Revisiting Mwulu’s Cave: New Insights into the Middle Stone Age in the southern African Savannah Biome, Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 11(7): 3239 – 3266
  • 2017
    How people used ochre at Rose Cottage Cave, South Africa: sixty thousand years of evidence from the Middle Stone Age, PLoS ONE 12(4): e0176317
  • 2014
    The cognitive requirements for ochre use in the Middle Stone Age at Sibudu, South Africa, Cambridge Archaeological Journal 24(3): 405–428
  • 2013
    Ochre use in the Middle Stone Age at Sibudu: grinding, rubbing, scoring and engraving, Journal of African Archaeology 11(1): 75–95
  • 2012
    An investigation into the properties of the ochre from Sibudu, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, Southern African Humanities 24, 99–120
  • 2010
    Identifying grinding, scoring and rubbing use-wear on experimental ochre pieces, Journal of Archaeological Science 37(12): 3344–3358
  • 2009
    Implications for complex cognition from the hafting of tools with compound adhesives in the Middle Stone Age, South Africa, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA, 106(24): 9590–9594

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    Centre of Excellence in Palaeosciences (CoE_Pal)
    Role:
    Operational support
    Funding Source:
    Centre of Excellence in Palaeosciences (CoE_Pal)
  • 2018
    Centre of Excellence in Palaeosciences (CoE_Pal)
    Role:
    Operational support
    Funding Source:
    NRF DST Centre of Excellence in Palaeosciences (CoE_Pal)
  • 2016
    PAST Travel bursary
    Role:
    Conference
    Funding Source:
    Palaeontological Scientific Trust
  • 2016
    Centre of Excellence in Palaeosciences (CoE_Pal)
    Role:
    Operational support
    Funding Source:
    NRF DST Centre of Excellence in Palaeosciences (CoE_Pal)
  • 2015
    PAST Travel bursary
    Role:
    Conference
    Funding Source:
    Palaeontological Scientific Trust
  • 2015
    Centre of Excellence in Palaeosciences (CoE_Pal)
    Role:
    Post doctoral research
    Funding Source:
    NRF DST Centre of Excellence in Palaeosciences (CoE_Pal)
  • 2012
    PAST Travel bursary
    Role:
    Conference
    Funding Source:
    Palaeontological Scientific Trust
  • 2010
    National Research Foundation (NRF) Innovation Scholarship
    Role:
    Doctoral Research
    Funding Source:
    NRF
  • 2010
    Mellon Mentoring Programme Award
    Role:
    Doctoral Research
    Funding Source:
    Mellon
  • 2010
    Wenner-Gren
    Role:
    Conference
    Funding Source:
    Wenner-Gren, PanAf Archaeology
  • 2004
    PAST Study bursary
    Role:
    Masters Research
    Funding Source:
    Palaeontological Scientific Trust
  • 2003
    Post-Graduate Merit Award
    Role:
    Honours Research
    Funding Source:
    Wits University

Professional Memberships

  • Association of Southern African Professional Archaeologists
  • Society of Africanist Archaeologists
  • Society for American Archaeology