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Jill

About Jill

Jill is a historical archaeologist interested in contact studies. She has worked with John in Namibia for more than thirty years, sharing an interest in the history of nomadic desert communities and delighting in raising their son Tim. She assists with running the Namibia Archaeological Trust and Quaternary Research Services. After being the copy-editor for the South African Archaeological Bulletin, she now works for UNAM Press as Editorial and Production Manager. Through this web site they hope to share research results and ideas.

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

This caravel is the replica constructed to re-enact Bartolomeu Dias’s 1488 AD voyage from Portugal to find a sea route to the East around the southern tip of Africa. Dias put into a sheltered bay at 26 37’ on the … Continue reading

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Ice Age Art: Arrival of the Modern Mind

The exhibition “Ice Age Art: Arrival of the Modern Mind” opened at the British Museum in London on 7 February this year (2013) and runs till 26 May. It has received outstanding reviews, and has proved to be so popular … Continue reading

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Vachellia first

In August, after having acquired the necessary permit, John took the first samples of heartwood from selected Vachellia (camelthorn trees) in the Khan River valley. Armed with the tree corer, successfully tested in May this year (see blog “Trees as … Continue reading

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Wet & Dry: Archaeology & Climate change

John is to attend the SASQUA conference from 13th to the 16th September, hosted this year (2012) at Gobabeb as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations. His paper is entitled: Climate proxies and occupation trends in the post-Pleistocene archaeological record for … Continue reading

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Archaeology supports /Khomani land claim

 A stone structure at Aukeigas in the early 1980s; our archaeological survey discovered /Khomani settlements with houses, copper smelting furnaces and engravings. Last week’s court decision (The Namibian 7th June 2012) dismissing the /Khomani land claim was a sad reflection on the civic and … Continue reading

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Trees as weathermen?

Vachellia and Welwitschia, weathermen of the past: QRS has begun a project to evaluate the radiocarbon dating potential of Vachellia and Welwitschia plants in the Central Namib Desert for use as recent palaeoclimate proxies. Norman Green and staff from Swakop Uranium … Continue reading

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