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Department of Human Evolution

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

phone: +49 (341) 3550 - 350
fax: +49 (0341) 3550 - 399

e-mail: streiber@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Curriculum Vitae

Personal Information

Nationality:South African
Education Bishops Preparatory and Westerford Schools (Cape Town, South Africa), University of Cape Town, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (MPIEVA, Leipzig, Germany).


2016PhD:Department of Human Evolution, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany. What is Still Bay? Human biogeography reflected in Middle Stone Age point variability in time and space
2010MSc in Archaeology (Masters Dissertation achieved with Distinction),
University of Cape Town.
Thesis title: Variability in Bifacial Technology at Elandsfontein: Ecological and Techno-economic Perspectives.
2008MPhil 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.
2006BA (Honours) in Archaeology,
University of Cape Town (UCT).
2005BSSc majoring in Archaeology and Literature (UCT).


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.

Research Interests

  • African Stone Age
  • Modern human biogeography
  • Origins of modern humans
  • Stone artefacts
  • Regionalism
  • Origins of the genus Homo
  • Hominin seasonality
  • Aquatic resource use
  • Controlled experiments
  • Quantitative approaches
  • Excavation strategies
  • Digital data capture
  • Geometric Morphometrics
  • Simulations


2010PPI award (publication initiative award) University of Cape Town.
2009PAST (Paleoanthropological Scientific Trust) research grant.
2009NRF (National Research Foundation) research grant.
2008-2009Fox International Fellowship to Yale University USA.
2008-2010 Member of Golden Key Honours Society.
2008PAST research grant.
2008NRF research grant.
2008CNRS/NRF Fellowship to CNRS Institute in Valbonne, France.

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.