Christopher Stuart Henshilwood#


Christopher Stuart Henshilwood
Email:christopher.henshilwood 'at' wits.ac.za
Membership Number:3598
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:SOUTH AFRICA
Section:HISTORY & ARCHAEOLOGY
Username:chenshilwood
Elected:2013
Homepage: https://www.wits.ac.za/esi/staff/prof-christopher-stuart-henshilwood




Present and Previous Positions
  • Professor and SARChI Chair in Origins of Modern Human Behaviour – Evolutionary Sciences Institute, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Professor of African Prehistory – Institutt for arkeologi, historie, kulturvitenskap og religionsvitenskap, University of Bergen, Norway
  • Professor of Archaeology, School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies, University of the Witwatersrand
  • 1995-1996 Postdoctoral Research Fellow – University of Cape Town
  • 1997-1998 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship awarded by Anglo-American Chairman’s Fund to study early modern human behaviour – University of Cape Town
  • 1999-2001 Research Fellowship - Award by Anglo America Chairman’s Fund to further research on “Modern Human Origins”.
  • 1999-2004 Adjunct Associate Professor – Department of Anthropology, State University of New York, Stony Brook.
  • 2002 - 2007 Research Member - French CNRS program ‘Origine de l'Homme, du langage et des langue’, Bordeaux University, France

Fields of Scholarship
  • Origins of modern human behaviour in southern Africa
  • Origins of Homo sapiens in southern Africa
  • Middle Stone Age in Africa
  • Palaeoenvironmental reconstruction in the southern Cape, South Africa (MIS 6-3)
  • Hunter gatherer Stone Age in southern Africa

Honours and Awards
  • A. National (South Africa)
    • 1. Dr. Nelson Mandela: In 2000 Mandela accepts patronage of the Blombos Cave Project directed by Henshilwood.
    • 2. President Thabo Mbeki: Honourable mention in the ‘The State of the Nation’ address to the joint sitting of the Houses of Parliament, Cape Town, South Africa, February 8, 2002 and presentation by author of artefacts to Members of the Houses of Parliament.
    • 3. Member of Academy of Science of South Africa – admitted in 2009
    • 4. Awarded 10 year Research Chair by National Research Foundation/ Department of Science & Technology, South Africa in 2008 at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
  • B. International
    • 1. France: Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques, awarded by the French Prime Minister, Jean-Pierre Raffarin, 2004 for distinguished contributions to French education and culture; conferred, June, 2005.
    • 2. Principal Investigator on awarded European Research Council, FP7 Programme - TRACSYMBOLS Project Grant 2010 - 2015 held at the University of Bergen, Norway
    • 3. Awarded Colenso Visiting Scholarship at St. John's College, Cambridge, 2013.

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