Peter Mitchell



Professor of African Archaeology



University of Oxford


Peter Mitchell studied Archaeology & Anthropology at Cambridge and then took his doctorate in Archaeology from Oxford, focusing on the late Pleistocene Later Stone Age of southern Africa. After stints at Cape Town and in Wales, he returned to Oxford in 1995 to take up the post of Professor of African Archaeology and Tutor in Archaeology at St Hugh's College. He has directed several projects in Lesotho, including the Metolong Cultural Heritage Management Project (2008-12). He has been a member of the Governing Council of the British Institute in Eastern Africa since 2000, served as President of the Society of Africanist Archaeologists from 2004 to 2006, is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, and co-edits Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa. He has written widely on African archaeology (The Archaeology of Southern Africa, CUP 2002; African Connections: Archaeological Perspectives on Africa and the Wider World, AltaMira Press 2005; The First Africans: African Archaeology from the Earliest Toolmakers to Most Recent Foragers, CUP 2008, with Larry Barham) and recently edited the Oxford Handbook of African Archaeology with Paul Lane (OUP 2013). His most recent book, Horse Nations, a survey of post-Columbian equestrian adaptations in the Americas, southern Africa and Australasia, appeared with OUP in March 2015.