Department of Human Sciences

The Department of Human Sciences has a dynamic team of inter-disciplinary curators who conduct research in archaeology, history, anthropology, rock art, museumology, object biographies and materiality...

Department of Natural Science

The Department of Natural Science is one of two research departments within the museum, housing specimens dating back to 1879...

Exhibition Department

KwaZulu-Natal Museum’s Exhibition Department conceptualises, designs and oversees both the permanent and temporary exhibitions within the Museum...

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gavin book

Dr Gavin Whitelaw, Chief Curator in the Human Sciences Department, is a co-editor of a book on cognitive archaeology published by Routledge in early 2020. The book comprises 13 contributions that cover African and American material principally. The contributors include well-known archaeologists from Europe, North America and Africa. The book is a useful compilation for any scholar interested in how to go about studying symbolic thinking in the past through the use of ethnographic sources. The book is available in both printed and electronic formats. The full reference is:

Whitley, D.S., Loubser, J.H.N. and Whitelaw, G. 2020. Cognitive Archaeology: mind, ethnography, and the past in South Africa and beyond. London: Routledge.

The digital version can be accessed here: 

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