Ceri Ashley

Head, Endangered Material Knowledge Programme

Department: Africa, Oceania and the Americas 


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Ceri Ashley joined the museum in 2018 as Head of the Endangered Material Knowledge Programme. This new initiative is funded by Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, and will provide grants to document critically endangered material practices. Prior to joining the museum Ceri was an Associate Professor of Archaeology at the University of Pretoria, and has previously held appointments at UCL and UCLA. She has conducted research in eastern and southern Africa.

Research interests: material culture and mobility; ceramics; archaeologies of mission and contact; development of social complexity in southern Africa (Mapungubwe); the transition to farming in the Great Lakes region.

Recent Publications

  • Ashley, C 2018, Landscape and Place: An archeology of a nineteenth century mission in the Khwebe Hills, Botswana. Journal of Southern Africa Studies

    Ashley, C.Z. Antonites, A. & Fredriksen, PD 2016 Mobility and African Archaeology: An introduction. Azania: Archaeological Research from Africa. Vol. 51 (4): 417-434

    Antonites, A. & Ashley, C.Z. 2016 The Mobilities Turn and Archaeology: new perspectives on socio-political complexity in thirteenth century northern South Africa.Azania: Archaeological Research from Africa. Vol. 51(4): 469-488

    Diskin, S. & Ashley, C. 2016 Characterisation of Archaeological Ceramics from the Khwebe Hills of Northern Botswana. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports. 6: 574-583

    Ashley, C. & Grillo, K. 2015 Archaeological ceramics from eastern Africa: past approaches and future directions. Azania: Archaeological Research from Africa. 50: 46-480