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Justin Bradfield

Associate professor, University of Johannesburg

My main research interests centre on the use of bone and other faunal materials in Stone Age societies and the degree to which an understanding of these items may better inform our appreciation of the diversity and complexity of ancient indigenous knowledge systems. My research has focused on bone taphonomy, use-wear and fracture mechanics as proxies for understanding tool function and how people in the past engaged with organic technology. At present I am engaged in several projects looking at bone tool function.


  • 2018–present
    Senior lecturer, University of Johannesburg


  • 2014 
    University of Johannesburg, D.Litt et Phil

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    Worked bone research project
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation