Cindy Nelson-Viljoen (2013 - 2016 Principal’s Career Development AND Edinburgh Global Research Scholarship, University of Edinburgh)


Since July 2018 I am the Post Excavation Supervior at  Brython Archaeology whilst completing my PhD part-time at the University of Edinburgh, School of History, Classics and Archaeology. My aim is to use stable isotope and sclerochronological analysis to investigate the seasonal use of shellfish during the Later Stone Age of South Africa, to better understand the occupational history of past populations, and the possible seasonal nature of their coastal diet.

I completed a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Pretoria in 2004. Both my Honours (2005) and Master (2009) degrees in Archaeology dealt with animal utilization practices during the South African Iron Age and reflect my longstanding interest in Archaeozoology.

Between 2010-2013 I worked as Research Coordinator and Archaeologist for the Mossel Bay Archaeology Project (MAPCRM cc) under the direction of Prof. Curtis W. Marean. My responsibilities included coordinating research into the Paleoclimate, Paleoenvironment, Paleoecology, and Palaeoanthropology (SACP4) studies on sites along the South African coastline, specifically the Western Cape at sites such as Pinnacle Point. Hence sparking my interest in the exploitation of coastal resources and diets of Stone Age inhabitants that lived along the South African coastline during the Middle- to Late Stone Age.

Responsibilities & affiliations

Research summary

Archaeomalacology, Zooarchaeology and Palaeoenvironment reconstruction