Mackay, Alex C. Dr.

Senior Lecturer

  • Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health
  • School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Centre for Archaeological Science

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Research Overview


  • I work primarily on the evolution of human behaviour with a geographic focus on Africa. I'm involved in a number of research projects in southern and east-central Africa, including excavations of deep-sequence rock shelter sites and the mapping and analysis of surface assemblages. My technical specialisation is in the analysis and interpretation of flaked stone tools from the last 200 000 years.

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Available for Collaborative Projects

Selected Publications


Available as Research Supervisor

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Understanding the character and organisation of early microlithic systems during the last glacial peak (~29–12 ka) in the western cape, south africa Low, Marika
    Doctor of Philosophy Out in the open: an alternative approach to investigating South Africa Middle Stone Age archaeology Phillips, Natasha
    Doctor of Philosophy Understanding the Early Middle Stone Age of the Southern African Interior O'Driscoll, Corey
    Doctor of Philosophy Constructing an Optically Stimulated Luminescence Chronology for Pondoland, South Africa: The Relationship between Modern Human Evolution and Coastal Foraging Kelly, Rosaria
    Doctor of Philosophy Adaptive Technological Stone Material Use-Strategies of the Doring River Catchment: Lithic Heat Treatment and Technological Organisation Nasoordeen, Shezani
    Doctor of Philosophy Landscape-scale organisation of lithic technology through the late Pleistocene in the Doring River (South Africa): implications for the evolution of human behaviour Shaw, Matthew
    Doctor of Philosophy Developing a strontium isoscape to analyse natural and archaeological material for their strontium signature to determine providence of ostrich eggshell beads in south-western South Africa Williams, Matt

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • I work primarily on the evolution of human behaviour with a geographic focus on Africa. I'm involved in a number of research projects in southern and east-central Africa, including excavations of deep-sequence rock shelter sites and the mapping and analysis of surface assemblages. My technical specialisation is in the analysis and interpretation of flaked stone tools from the last 200 000 years.

Selected Publications


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Understanding the character and organisation of early microlithic systems during the last glacial peak (~29–12 ka) in the western cape, south africa Low, Marika
    Doctor of Philosophy Out in the open: an alternative approach to investigating South Africa Middle Stone Age archaeology Phillips, Natasha
    Doctor of Philosophy Understanding the Early Middle Stone Age of the Southern African Interior O'Driscoll, Corey
    Doctor of Philosophy Constructing an Optically Stimulated Luminescence Chronology for Pondoland, South Africa: The Relationship between Modern Human Evolution and Coastal Foraging Kelly, Rosaria
    Doctor of Philosophy Adaptive Technological Stone Material Use-Strategies of the Doring River Catchment: Lithic Heat Treatment and Technological Organisation Nasoordeen, Shezani
    Doctor of Philosophy Landscape-scale organisation of lithic technology through the late Pleistocene in the Doring River (South Africa): implications for the evolution of human behaviour Shaw, Matthew
    Doctor of Philosophy Developing a strontium isoscape to analyse natural and archaeological material for their strontium signature to determine providence of ostrich eggshell beads in south-western South Africa Williams, Matt
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