Celebrating Fifty Years of Archaeology-Remembering Past Staff: Gavin Anderson
Gavin Anderson joined the museum as an archaeologist in the Institute of Cultural Resource Management (ICRM) in 1995 after obtaining his M.Phil. in archaeology and social psychology from the University of Cape Town. He resigned from the KwaZulu-Natal Museum in 2004 when he and Louise Anderson started their own Heritage Impact Assessment company.
During his time at the museum he turned the ICRM into a profitable department and contributed to the museum’s knowledge database by recording over 1000 heritage sites, of which he excavated approximately 60. He worked extensively with Richards Bay Minerals and increased knowledge of the eastern seaboard Late Iron Age communities. He was also part of the initial Amangwane and AmaZizi community rock art projects and formed part of a team that assessed selected sites recorded by Harald Pager in the northern Drakensberg.
Picture: Gavin, Louise and Bonginkosi at Shark Tooth Midden - the first excavated LSA coastal site in KZN with domestic spatial patterns.