Gerrit Dusseldorp

Gerrit Dusseldorp is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Archaeology at Leiden University and a Senior Research Fellow at the Palaeo-Research Institute in Johannesburg. In 2017 he was awarded an NWO Vidi grant for a research project focusing on the transition from the Middle Stone Age to the Later Stone Age in South Africa. In the context of this research het directs excavations at Umhlatuzana rockshelter in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Previously he conducted wide-ranging post-doctoral research at the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Johannesburg focusing on human evolution and subsistence strategies of Pleistocene hunter-gatherers in southern Africa.

Gerrit has published widely on South African archaeology and collaborates with scholars from the University of the Witwatersrand, the University of Johannesburg and the University of Cape Town to determine the interplay of environmental change, evolving human behavioural complexity and the development of lithic technology and subsistence behaviour.