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Ndukuyakhe Ndlovu

Senior Lecturer in Archaeology, University of Pretoria

I am a PhD graduate from Newcastle University in the United Kingdom and currently employed as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Pretoria. I have over 20 years’ experience in heritage management in South Africa, having worked for both national and provincial heritage authorities in various capacities. In my most recent position, I worked as the Manager of Archaeological Collections for the University of the Witwatersrand. I have an interest in issues around the ownership of heritage, its management, the involvement of Indigenous communities in archaeology, southern African rock art, and the transformation of the archaeological discipline to represent the racial spectrum of South Africa. My publications, in national and international peer-reviewed publications, have focused on my experiences as an African archaeologist in South Africa, the need to transform ideological paradigms, the effectiveness of heritage legislation, the incorporation of indigenous approaches in my work, and the ownership of heritage resources in South Africa. I am currently the Editor-in-Chief of the South African Archaeological Bulletin, Secretary of the World Archaeological Congress (WAC), and Council member for the Association of Southern African Archaeologists (ASAPA) and the Southern African Archaeological Society (SAAS). I previously served on the Councils of Amafa aKwaZulu-Natali Council and the South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA).


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Archaeology, University of Pretoria


  • 2013 
    Newcastle University, UK, PhD in Archaeology

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    Senior Lecturer in Archaeology
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation

Professional Memberships

  • Association for Southern African Professional Archaeologists (ASAPA)
  • Society for Africanists Archaeologists (SAfA)
  • South African Archaeological Society (SAAS)
  • World Archaeological Congress (WAC)
  • Pan African Archaeological Association (PAA)