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UPDATES FOR MAY 2015

Check out the new Conference Presentation and Posters page under the Project Output tab, now updated with posters from the 2015 Paleos and SAA meetings.  For the time being MEMSAP articles in peer-reviewed journals will still need to be accessed through the publisher’s website using the links below.  If you would like access to something MEMSAP related that you can’t find on this site or elsewhere online please reach out to us through the contact form at the bottom of this page.

 

PUBLICATIONS

Wright, D.K., Thompson, J.C., Schilt, F., Cohen, A., Choi, J-H., Mercader, J., Nightingale, S., Miller, C., Mentzer, S., Walde, D., Welling, M., and Gomani-Chindebvu, E. (2017). “Approaches to Middle Stone Age landscape archaeology in tropical Africa”. Special issue Geoarchaeology of the Tropics of Journal of Archaeological Science 77: 64-77. OPEN ACCESS find it online here: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2016.01.014

Sobotkova, A., Ross, S.A., Ballsun-Stanton, B., Fairbairn, A., Thompson, J.C., and VanValkenburgh, P. (2016). “Measure twice, cut once: Cooperative deployment of a generalised, archaeology-specific field data collection system”. In E. W. Averett, J. M. Gordon, & D. B. Counts (Eds.), Mobilizing the Past: Recent Approaches to Archaeological Fieldwork in the Digital Age: University of North Dakota Digital Press in conjunction with Mukurtu 2.0 (Center for Digital Archaeology).

Zipkin, A., Hanchar, J., Brooks, A., Grabowski, M.W., Thompson, J.C., and Gomani-Chindebvu, E. (2015*). “An evaluation of the efficacy of homogenized ochre chip LA-ICPMS at upholding the provenance postulate for northern Malawi ochre sources”. Archaeometry 57(2): 297-317.  DOI: 10.1111/arcm.12090                                                                        *First published online in March 2014.  Find it online here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/arcm.12090/abstract

Thompson, J.C., Mackay, A., de Moor, V., and Gomani-Chindebvu, E. (2014). “Catchment Survey in the Karonga District: a Landscape-Scale Analysis of Provisioning and Core Reduction Strategies During the Middle Stone Age of Northern Malawi”. African Archaeological Review 31(3): 447-478.  DOI: 10.1007/s10437-014-9167-2                   Find it online here: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10437-014-9167-2

Wright, D.K., Thompson, J.C., Mackay, A., Welling, M., Forman, S., Price, G., Zhao, J-x., Cohen, A., Malijani, O., and Gomani-Chindebvu, E. (2014). “Renewed geoarchaeological investigations of the “Elephant Butchery Site” at Mwanganda’s Village, Karonga, Malawi”. Geoarchaeology 29(2): 98-120.  DOI: 10.1002/gea.21469       Find it online here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/gea.21469/abstract

Thompson, J.C., Welling, M., and Gomani-Chindebvu, E. (2013). “Using GIS to integrate old and new archaeological data from Stone Age deposits in Karonga, Malawi”. International Journal of Heritage in the Digital Era 2(4): 611-630.  DOI: 10.1260/2047-4970.2.4.611                                                                                                                                 Find it online here: http://multi-science.atypon.com/doi/abs/10.1260/2047-4970.2.4.611

Thompson, J.C., Mackay, A., Wright, D., Welling, M., Greaves, A., Gomani-Chindebvu, E., and Simengwa, D. (2012). “Renewed Investigations into the Middle Stone Age of northern Malawi”. Quaternary International 270(23): 129-139.  DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2011.12.014                                                                                                                                         Find it online here: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1040618211007002

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS AND POSTERS

Thompson, J.C., Morris, A., Schilt, F., Zipkin, A., Sirak, K., Davis, J., Tembo, J., Welling, M., Chiumia, C., Pinhasi, R., and Gomani-Chindebvu, E. (2017). The forgotten significance of the Later Stone Age sites near Hora Mountain, Mzimba District, Malawi. Paper to be presented at the 82nd Society for American Archaeology conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Thompson, J.C., Mackay, A., Nightingale, S., Schilt, F., Wright, D.K., Choi, J-H., Welling, M., Davis, J., de Moor, V., and Gomani-Chindebvu, E. (2016). “The central African Middle Stone Age in context: Comparisons of technological adaptations”. Paper presented at the 81st annual Society for American Archaeology conference, Orlando, Florida, USA.

Nightingale, S., Thompson, J.C., Mackay, A., Schilt, F., Wright, D.K., Choi, J-H., Welling, M., and Gomani-Chindebvu, E. (2016). “Is innovation always the solution? Examining non-specialized lithic technologies of the Malawian Middle Stone Age”. Paper presented at the 81st annual Society for American Archaeology conference, Orlando, Florida, USA.

Mercader, J., Wright, D.K., Schilt, F.C., Choi, J.-H., Nightingale, S., Welling, M., Gomani-Chindebvu, E., and Thompson, J.C. (2015). “Phytolith Analysis of Middle Stone Age Sediments from Chaminade II, Malawi”. Paper presented at the Canadian Association for Physical Anthropology in Manitoba, Canada.

Schilt, , Mentzer, S., Wright, D., Thompson, J.C., Miller, C., Gomani-Chindebvu, E. (2015). “Reconstruction of the formation of iron-manganese nodule accumulations associated with Middle Stone Age artefacts in a lateritic profile in northern Malawi”. Paper presented at Developing International Geoarchaeology (DIG) 2015, Sassari University, Department of Architecture and Design in Alghero, Sardinia.

Mercader, J., Wright, D.K., Schilt, F.C., Choi, J.-H., Nightingale, S., Welling, M., Gomani-Chindebvu, E., and Thompson, J.C. (2015). “Late Pleistocene phytoliths from Chaminade II, Malawi”. Paper presented at biennial Association of Southern African Professional Archaeologists meeting in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Nightingale, S., Foster, M. B., Thompson, J. C., Choi, J.-H., and Wright, D. K. (2015). “Spatial and Chronological Components of Middle Stone Age Artifact Assemblage Variability in Deeply Buried Alluvial Fan Contexts”. Paper presented at the 80th annual Society for American Archaeology conference, San Francisco, California, USA.

Nightingale, S., Schilt, F., Thompson, J. C., Davis, J., Welling, M., Wright, D. K., Choi, J.-H., and Gomani-Chindebvu, E. (2015). “Lithic technologies of the Malawian Middle Stone Age: building a chrono-spatial framework for early modern human behavior in Central Africa”. Poster presented at the Paleoanthropology Society conference in San Francisco, California, USA.

Davis, J., Zipkin, A. M., de Moor, V., Thompson, J. C., Arrowsmith, J. R., Foster, M. B., and Gomani-Chindebvu, E. (2015). “Exploratory survey and landscape archaeology in the Karonga District, northern Malawi”. Poster presented at the Paleoanthropology Society conference in San Francisco, California, USA.

Schilt, F., Mentzer, S., Wright, D., Thompson, J. C., Miller, C. E., and Gomani-Chindebvu, E. (2015). ‘Micromorphology of Middle to Later Stone age sites in northern Malawi”. Poster presented at the Paleoanthropology Society conference in San Francisco, California, USA.

Thompson, J. C., Welling, M., de Moor, V., Nightingale, S., Mackay, A., Gomani-Chindebvu, E. (2013). “GIS in linking site and regional scale interpretations of Middle Stone Age lithic reduction strategies in Karonga, Malawi”. Paper presented at the 36th annual Australian Archaeological Association Conference, Coff’s Harbour, NSW, Australia.

Zipkin, A. M., Hanchar, J. M., Thompson, J.C., Brooks, A. S., Toth, N. P., Schick, K. D., Gomani-Chindebvu, E. (2013). “The trace element geochemistry of archaeological ochres from Chaminade Hill, Karonga, Malawi”. Paper presented at the 4th conference of the East African Association for Paleoanthropology and Paleontology (EAAPP), Mombasa, Kenya.

Choi, J.-H., Wright, D. K., Thompson, J.C., Chauhan, N., Yeo, E. Y., and Gomani-Chindebvu, E.(2013). “Investigations on luminescence dating of fluvial sediments in Palaeolithic sites from northern Malawi – Preliminary Results”. Paper presented at the Geological Society of Korea.

Wright, D. K., Choi, J.-H., Nightingale, S., Thompson, J. C., Mackay, A., Welling, M., and Gomani-Chindebvu, E. (2013). “Landscape history and human evolution south-central Africa: Applying new methods to an old problem”. Paper presented at the 2nd Korea Basic Science Institute International Conference, Ochang, South Korea.

Schilt, F., Mentzer, S., Wright, D. K., Thompson, J. C., Miller, C.E., Gomani-Chindebvu, E. (2013). “Micromorphology of the site of Mwanganda’s Village Area I, northern Malawi”. Paper presented at the Developing International Geoarchaeology conference and the International Workshop on Archaeological Soil Micromorphology (WASM), Basel, Switzerland.

Thompson, J. C., Zipkin, A., Nightingale, S., Wright, D. K., Choi, J.-H., Mackay, A., Welling, M., Schilt, F., and Gomani-Chindebvu, E. (2013). “New Discoveries of Old Sites: The Legacy of J.D. Clark in Karonga, Malawi”. Poster presented at the Paleoanthropology Society conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Abstract: PaleoAnthropology 2013: A36.

Thompson, J. C., Welling, M., Wright, D. K., Schilt, F., Mentzer, S., Bravo Foster, M., Robinson, S., Mackay, A., Nightingale, S., Forman, S., and  Gomani-Chindebvu, E. (2013). “The Later Pleistocene Archaeological Landscape of Karonga, Malawi”. Paper presented at the 78th annual Society for American Archaeology conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.

Nightingale, S., Mackay, A., Thompson, J. C., de Moor, V., and Gomani-Chindebvu, E. (2013). “Variability in Middle Stone Age Stone artefact reduction strategies, and raw material use in the Karonga District of northern Malawi”. Paper presented at the 78th annual Society for American Archaeology conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.

Wright, D. K., Choi, J.-H., Thompson, J. C., and Gomani-Chindebvu, E. (2013). “OSL dating of landscape change and human evolution in northern Malawi”. Paper presented at the 78th annual Society for American Archaeology conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.

Thompson, J. C., Simfukwe, H., Malijani, O., Chinula, M., Welling, M., and Gomani-Chindebvu, E. (2012). “Data collection, information transfer, and digital site visualisation as tools for remote project supervision: Case study from Middle Stone Age deposits of northern Malawi”.  Paper accepted to the High-Tech Heritage conference, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA (not delivered).

Zipkin, A., Brooks, A. S., Hanchar, J. M., Thompson, J. C., and Gomani-Chindebvu, E. (2012). “On the formation and distribution of ochre in northern Malawi”. Poster presented at the 77th annual Society for American Archaeology conference, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

Thompson, J.C., Wright, D.K., Mackay, A., Forman, S.L., Welling, M., Price, G., Zhao, J., Gomani-Chindebvu, E. (2012). “Reassessment of the formation and significance of the Mwanganda’s Village elephant butchery site”, Karonga District, northern Malawi”. Paper presented at the Paleoanthropology Society conference, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Abstract: PaleoAnthropology 2012: A35.

Thompson, J. C., A. Mackay, A., de Moor, V., Zipkin, A. Moroney, A., Welling, M., and Gomani-Chindebvu, E. (2011). “A landscape approach to understanding human population movements during the Middle Stone Age of northern Malawi”. Paper presented at the 34th annual Australian Archaeological Association Conference, Toowoomba, Australia.

Thompson, J. C., Welling, M., and Mackay, A. (2010). “Renewed Investigations into the Middle Stone Age of northern Malawi”. Paper presented at the 13th Congress of the Pan African Association for Archaeology and Related Disciplines/Society for Africanist Archaeologists meeting, Dakar, Senegal.

Thompson, J. C., Welling, M., and Mackay, A. (2010).“Archaeological tests of palaeoecological models of central African demography during the Pleistocene”. Paper presented at the 33rd annual Australian Archaeological Association Conference, Bateman’s Bay, Australia.

Thompson, J. C., Welling, M., Pargeter, J., and Wright, D. K. (2010). “The Malawi Earlier-Middle Stone Age Project: Preliminary Results from 2009 Fieldwork”. Poster presented at the Paleoanthropology Society conference, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Abstract: PaleoAnthropology 2010: A34.

OUTREACH: PUBLIC AND INVITED LECTURES

Thompson, J.C. (July 2012). “Archaeology Day: The Malawi Earlier-Middle Stone Age Project”. Public lecture given at the Karonga Cultural and Museum Centre, Karonga, Malawi.

Zipkin, A.M. (March 2012). “Material Symbolism and Ochre Exploitation in Middle Stone Age East-Central Africa”. Public lecture given at Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.

Thompson, J.C. (October 2010). “Exploring the void: Human origins research in forgotten Africa”. Seminar given in the Working Papers in Archaeology series at UQ.

Thompson, J.C. (August 2010). “The earliest archaeology of Kargona – why the world cares!”. Public lecture given at the Karonga Cultural and Museum Centre, Karonga, Malawi.

Thompson, J.C. (June 2010). “New investigations into the Middle Stone Age of Malawi”. Seminar given at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Thompson, J.C. (April 2010). “New investigations into the Middle Stone Age of Malawi”. Seminar given at the Stone Age Institute, Bloomington, Indiana.

Thompson, J.C. (August 2009). “A new multidisciplinary research project on the early prehistory of Malawi”. Seminar at the Catholic University of Malawi (CUNIMA).

UNPUBLISHED PROJECT REPORTS AND PRELIMINARY RESULTS

Thompson, J.C., Nightingale, S., Schilt, F., Davis, J., Zipkin, A., Mackay, A., Welling, M., Wright, D., Choi, J.-H., Miller, C., Mentzer, S., Mercader, J., and Gomani-Chindebvu, E. (2015). “Malawi Earlier-Middle Stone Age Project – 2014 Project Report”. Unpublished report submitted to Malawi Department of Antiquities.

Thompson, J.C., Nightingale, S., Schilt, F., Wright, D., Zipkin, A., Mackay, A., Miller, C., Welling, M., de Moor, V., Choi, J.-H., Mentzer, S., and Gomani-Chindebvu, E. (2014). “Malawi Earlier-Middle Stone Age Project – 2013 Project Report”. Unpublished report submitted to Malawi Department of Antiquities.

Thompson, J.C., de Moor, V., Schilt, F., Mentzer, S., Bravo Foster, M., Robinson, S., Nightingale, S., Mackay, A., Zipkin, A., Wright, D., Welling, M., Malijani, O., and Gomani-Chindebvu, E. (2013). “Malawi Earlier-Middle Stone Age Project – 2012 Preliminary Project Report”. Unpublished report submitted to Malawi Department of Antiquities.

Thompson, J.C., Welling, M., and Gomani-Chindebvu (2012). “Malawi Earlier-Middle Stone Age Project – 2011 Interim Project Report”. Unpublished report submitted to Malawi Department of Antiquities.

Thompson, J.C., Mackay, A., and Welling, M. (2011). “Malawi Earlier-Middle Stone Age Project – 2010 Project Report”. Unpublished report submitted to Malawi Department of Antiquities.

Thompson, J.C., Welling, M., and Pargeter, J. (2009). “Field Report from August 2009 Feasibility Study on the Middle Stone Age of Northern Malawi”. Unpublished report submitted to Malawi Department of Antiquities.

MEDIA COVERAGE

Ahwan, L. (2012, June 9). Dig in overseas. Herald Sun, p. 93.

Live radio interview (March 2012) on ABC Brisbane’s “Drive with Tim Cox”.

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