Department of Anthropology and Archaeology
University of South Africa
Dr. Natalie Swanepoel is a senior lecturer in the Department of Anthropology & Archaeology at the University of South Africa. Her doctoral work at Syracuse University (USA) focused on the impact of slave raiding on northern Ghanaian communities during the nineteenth century. She is currently working on a project examining the political economy of mission stations in South Africa, through an archaeological study of the Botshabelo Mission Station in Mpumalanga. Her research interests include the historical archaeology of southern and western Africa, the archaeology of slavery, conflict archaeology, archaeology and popular culture, and the role of heritage in contemporary society.