Hunter-gatherers and herders in South Africa

From final to ceramic LSA in the Limpopo basin

A public lecture by Iris Guillemard & Karim Sadr

as part of the Public Lecture Series Rock Art & Symbolic Expression. A Southern Africa – France Dialogue


13.15 | Origins Building, Wits University

Origins North Building, Origins Lecture Theatre, Room 105, first floor, Wits University, West Campus, Corner of Yale Road &, Enoch Sontonga Ave, Johannesburg


Iris Guillemard received her Master degree from the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne in 2014. In the course of her studies, she specialised in Prehistory, the study of stone tools and petroarchaeology. Her Master 1 project focused on the Upper Palaeolithic in the south-east of France in collaboration with Nice University. For her second year, she studied the Mesolithic period in Paris Basin. She is now registered as a PhD student at the University of the Witwatersrand and Paris-Nanterre University (UMR 7041 ArScan-AnTET). Her study focus is on the passage from Final to Ceramic Later Stone Age in the Limpopo Basin.


Karim Sadr received his PhD from the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, in 1988 with a thesis on the origins of pastoral nomadism in northeast Africa. Over the years he has been involved in archaeological fieldwork in North, Central and South America, Europe and Africa. He first came to South Africa in 1990 as a Post-Doctoral Fellow to work with Professor Andrew Smith at the University of Cape Town and then found a position as a lecturer at the University of Botswana where he stayed until 2001. Since then he has been at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, where he is now Professor of Archaeology. He has around one hundred publications to his name and his current research interests, aside from the question of the origins of livestock herding in southern Africa, is around the use of Geospatial technologies in the study of pre-colonial stone walled settlements around Johannesburg. More information about his research and teaching can be found on his website