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Prestigious fellowship for Chirikure

11 Jul 2016 - 13:30
Prestigious fellowship for Chirikure
Archaeologist Assoc Prof Shadreck Chirikure is the 2016-17 Association of Commonwealth Universities Visiting Fellow.

Associate Professor Shadreck Chirikure of the Department of Archaeology has been selected as the 2016-17 Association of Commonwealth Universities Visiting Fellow. Every year the fellowship, which is funded by the Association of Commonwealth Universities, is awarded to only one recipient from the participating universities.

Chirikure will be a Visiting Fellow of Linacre College at Oxford University. He intends to spend his fellowship finishing his book on indigenous knowledge systems and researching crucibles used in the processing of gold, copper, bronze and brass in pre-colonial Africa. He also looks forward to returning to the museums in Oxford, because, he says, “no matter how many times you visit them you always discover new things”.

The fellowship will also enable Chirikure to consolidate collaborations with researchers based in the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art as well as in the School of Archaeology.

“The plan is to forge an enduring partnership that will benefit our research here at UCT, our post-graduate students and also our colleagues at Oxford,” he said.

Story Jess Oosthuizen. Photo Michael Hammond.