Prof Christopher S Henshilwood
Ambassador for Archaeology
He has authored or co-authored more than 85 peer reviewed, wide-ranging papers on the origins of language and symbolism, the effects of climatic variation on human demographics, and on the theory of human behavioural evolution and published two books.
Chris currently leads research involving more than forty foremost scientists in diverse fields in Europe, Africa, the United Kingdom and the USA. He is a Distinguished Professor and holds a 15 year SARChI Research Chair in Origins of Human Behaviour (2008 to 2022) at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and is a Professor and Director of a ten year Centre of Excellence, the Centre for Early Sapiens Behaviour (SapienCE) at the University of Bergen, Norway funded by the Research Council of Norway (2017 to 2026).
A core focus of his projects is to encourage young researchers, especially women and the previously disadvantaged, in Africa and Europe.