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Senior Lecturer, University of Mpumalanga

Tim Forssman is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Mpumalanga in Cultural and Heritage Studies. He is a current recipient of the South African National Research Foundation’s African Origins Platform Grant, which will fund his research into forager technologies, innovations, and indigenous knowledge systems during the rise of the Mapungubwe state. His research interests include forager-farmer interactions, forager economies, trade dynamics, landscape archaeology, and rock art. Tim’s work is carried out under the Hunter-Gatherer Archaeological Research Project.


  • 2022–present
    Senior lecturer, University of Mpumalanga
  • 2019–2021
    Senior lecturer, University of Pretoria
  • 2018–2019
    Project leader, PGS Heritage
  • 2016–2019
    Heritage specialist, HRMS
  • 2016–2016
    Postdoctoral fellow, University of the Witwatersrand
  • 2014–2015
    Postdoctoral fellow, University of Pretoria


  • 2014 
    University of Oxford, Doctorate
  • 2010 
    University of the Witwatersrand, Masters
  • 2008 
    University of the Witwatersrand, Honours
  • 2007 
    University of the Witwatersrand, BA


  • 2020
    Foragers in the middle Limpopo Valley: trade, place-making, and complexity, Archaeopress
  • 2012
    Bushman rock art: an interpretive guide, 30 Degrees South

Grants and Contracts

  • 2022
    African Origin Platform
    Principle investigator
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation
  • 2020
    Competitive Programme for Rated Researchers
    Principle investigator
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation
  • 2019
    Scatterlings of Africa
    Principle investigator
    Funding Source:
    Palaeontological Scientific Trust

Professional Memberships

  • Association of Southern African Professional Archaeologists