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Curriculum Vitae

Will Archer


Personal Information

Nationality: South African

Identification number: 800324 5209 08 1

Date and place of birth: 24-03-1980, Oxford, U.K.

Education: Bishops Prep, Westerford High School Cape Town, and University of Cape Town (UCT).

Residence: Leipzig, Germany.


Address: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6, 04103, Leipzig, Germany.




MSc in Archaeology (Masters Dissertation achieved with Distinction), University of Cape Town.

Thesis title: Variability in Bifacial Technology at Elandsfontein: ecological and techno-economic perspectives.


MPhil in Environmental Law (Masters Dissertation achieved with Distinction), University of Cape Town.

Thesis title: Opportunities and Constraints facing Private Sector Biodiversity Conservation: a South African perspective.

2006 BA (Honours) in Archaeology, University of Cape Town (UCT).
2005 BSSc majoring in Archaeology and Literature (UCT).




PPI award (publication initiative award) University of Cape Town.

2009 PAST (Paleoanthropological Scientific Trust) research grant.

NRF (National Research Foundation) research grant.

2008-2009 Fox International Fellowship to Yale University USA.
2008-2010 Member of Golden Key Honours Society.
2008 PAST research grant.
2008 NRF research grant.

CNRS/NRF Fellowship to CNRS Institute in Valbonne, France.



I have worked in commercial archaeological consultancy and heritage resource management and conservation for a number of years including directing excavations of numerous Pleistocene and Holocene localities in the Western Cape, Northern Cape, Eastern Cape and Natal provinces of South Africa. I have also excavated Pleistocene sites in France, Germany, Lesotho, Ethiopia and Kenya and been involved in the associated data capture and analysis phases of all these projects.

I am also involved in a number of community based environmental resource development field projects, and I am interested in the use of archaeological resources as vehicles for job-creation and training in South Africa.


Unrelated qualifications and memberships

  • Dedicated professional hunter certification (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013).

  • Member of Kaapjag and CHASA hunting associations.

  • Reviewer for Journal of Archaeological Science.

  • Member of Society for American Archaeology (SAA)

  • Member of Palaeoanthropology Society.

  • Surf Lifesaving Gold Medallion.

  • PADI Openwater one and two diving certification.