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Humphreys, Robyn

Cape Town | South Africa


Robyn is a third-year Ph.D. (Archaeology) at the University of Cape Town.

Her research aims to understand what it means to practice community archaeology in Cape Town, especially as it pertains to human remains. There is tension between bio-archaeologists who see remains as a source of information about the past and descendent communities who view human remains as ancestors.

Here science is deeply impacted by a vocal community. She aims to understand how archaeologists can navigate this tension and what this means for research and management of human remains in South Africa more broadly.