Peter Mitchell

Prof Peter Mitchell

University Lecturer in African Prehistory
Tutor and Fellow in Archaeology

Institute of Archaeology
36 Beaumont St, Oxford, OX1 2PG


phone: 01865 274951

fax: 01865 274912

email: peter.mitchell@st-hughs.ox.ac.uk

Research Interests

African archaeology (especially southern African and the Later Stone Age); archaeology of hunter-gatherers; history of archaeological collections.

 

Current Activities

 

Hunter-gatherer settlement-subsistence systems and reconstruction of late Quaternary environments in the Lesotho highlands, southern Africa. Early archaeological research and history of collections in southern Africa.

 

Publications

  • Late Holocene neoglacial conditions from the Lesotho highlands, southern Africa: phytolith and stable carbon isotope evidence from the archaeological site of Likoaeng. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association 122, 201–11 (with Parker, A.G. and Lee-Thorp, J.A., 2011)
  • Making history at Sehonghong: Soai and the last Bushman occupants of his shelter. Southern African Humanities 22, 149–70. (2010)
  • The archaeology of the Metolong Dam, Lesotho: a preliminary assessment. Antiquity 84  (with Arthur, C., 2010)
  • Archaeological fieldwork in the Metolong Dam Catchment, Lesotho, 2008–10. Nyame Akuma 74, 51–62.(with Arthur, C., 2010)
  • The First Africans: African Archaeology from the Earliest Toolmakers to Most Recent Foragers (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, with Barham, L.S., 2008)
  • African Connections: Archaeological Perspectives on Africa and the Wider World.(AltaMira Press, 2005)
  • Researching Africa’s Past: New Contributions from British Archaeologists (ed. with A. Haour and J. Hobart, Oxford School of Archaeology, 2003)
  • The Archaeology of Southern Africa (CUP, 2002)
  • Catalogue of Stone Age Artefacts from Southern Africa in the British Museum (British Museum, 2002)

Publications

Journal Articles & Conference Proceedings

2011
Mitchell P.J., Plug, I., Bailey, G.B., Charles, R., Esterhuysen, A., Lee Thorp, J.A., Parker, A.G. and Woodborne, S. , (2011), Fishing at the Place of the Tobacco Plants: a high-resolution open-air record of late Holocene hunter-gatherers from highland Lesotho, Antiquity, 85,1225–42
Mitchell, P.J., (2011), Review of B.E. Barich, Antica Africa: Alle Origini delle Società, Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa, 45,235–7
Mitchell, P.J., (2011), Reply to Rocha: A note on erroneous ethnolinguistic affiliations in genetic studies of southern Africa, Journal of Anthropological Sciences, 89,1–2
Parker, A.G., J.A. Lee-Thorp, P.J.Mitchell, (2011), Late Holocene Neoglacial conditions from the Lesotho highlands, southern Africa: phytolith and stable carbon isotope evidence from the archaeological site of Likoaeng, Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association, 122,201–211
2010
Mitchell, P., (2010), Making history at Sehonghong: Soai and the last Bushman occupants of his shelter, Southern African Humanities, 22,149–70
Mitchell, P.J, (2010), Review of J.-L. Le Quellec, F.-X. Fauvelle-Aymar and F. Bon, Vols de Vaches à Christol Cave: Histoire Critique d'une Image Rupestre d'Afrique du Sud, Africa, 81,664–6
Mitchell, P.J, (2010), Review of S. di Lernia and D. Zampetti (eds), La Memoria dell'Arte: le Pitturi Rupestre dell'Acacus tra passato e Futuro , Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa, 44,331–3
Mitchell, P.J, (2010), Review of A. Bank, Bushmen in a Victorian World, The African Book Publishing Record, 36,324–5
Mitchell, P.J. and Arthur, C., (2010), The archaeology of the Metolong Dam, Lesotho: a preliminary assessment. , Antiquity, 84 /,http://www.antiquity.ac.uk/projgall/mitchell325
Mitchell, P.J. and Arthur, C., (2010), Archaeological fieldwork in the Metolong Dam Catchment, Lesotho, 2008–10. ,, Nyame Akuma , 74, 51–62
2009
Mitchell, P.J., (2009), Review of: P. Skotnes Unconquerable Spirit. George Stow's History Paintings of the San, The African Book Publishing Record, 35 (3),211-212
2008
Challis, W. & Mitchell, P.J., (2008), A "first glimpse" into the Maloti Mountains: the diary of James Murray Grant's expedition of 1873-74., Southern African Humanities, 20 (2),399-461
Challis, W., Mitchell, P.J. & Orton, J., (2008), Fishing in the rain: control of rain-making and aquatic resources at a previously undescribed rock art site in highland Lesotho., Journal of African Archaeology, 6,203-218
Jacobs, Z., Roberts, R.G., Galbraith, R.F., Barré,, M., Deacon, H.J., Mackay, A., Mitchell, P.J., Volgelsang, R. & Wadley, L., (2008), Ages for Middle Stone Age innovations in southern Africa: implications for modern human behavior and dispersal., Science, 322,733-735
Mitchell, P.J., (2008), Developing the archaeology of Marine Isotope Stage 3, South African Archaeological Society Goodwin Series, 10,52-65
Mitchell, P.J., (2008), Practising archaeology in a time of climatic catastrophe, Antiquity , 82,1093-1103
Mitchell, P.J., (2008), Review of: A. Ogundiran & T. Falola, Archaeology of Atlantic Africa and the African Diaspora, Journal of African History, 49,475-476
Mitchell, P.J., (2008), Review of: P. Bonner, A. Esterhuysen & T. Jenkins (eds), A Search for Origins. Science, History and South Africa's 'Cradle of Humankind'., The African Book Publishing Record, 34 (4),285-286.
Mitchell, P.J. & Plug, I., (2008), Fishing in the Lesotho highlands: 26,000 years of fish exploitation, with special reference to Sehonghong Shelter., Journal of African Archaeology, 6,33-55
Mitchell, P.J., Plug, I., Bailey, G.N. & Woodborne, S., (2008), Bringing the Kalahari debate to the mountains: late first millennium AD hunter-gatherer/farmer interaction in highland Lesotho., Before Farming (online), 2008/2 article 4
Plug, I. & Mitchell. P.J., (2008), Sehonghong: hunter-gatherer utilization of animal resources in the highlands of Lesotho., Annals of the Transvaal Museum, 45,1-23
2007
Mitchell, P.J., (2007), The archaeology of a major West African town. Review of Augustin F.C. Holl, West African Early Towns. Archaeology of Households in Urban Landscapes, Journal of African History, 48,318-319
Mitchell, P.J., (2007), Review of: F.A. Chami, The Unity of African Ancient History 3000 BC to AD 500. , South African Archaeological Bulletin, 62,178-179.
2005
Mitchell, P.J., (2005), Why hunter-gatherer archaeology matters: a personal perspective on renaissance and renewal in southern African Later Stone Age research, South African Archaeological Bulletin, 60,64-71
Mitchell, P.J. & Whitelaw, G. , (2005), The archaeology of southernmost Africa c. 2000 BP to the early 1800s: a review of recent research, Journal of African History, 46, 209-241
2004
Mitchell, P.J., (2004), : Proceedings of Eleventh Congress of the Pan-African Association for Prehistory and Related Fields
Mitchell, P.J., (2004), Toward a comparative archaeology of Africa’s islands, Journal of African Archaeology , 2,229-250
Mitchell, P.J., (2004), Reflections on the spread of food production in southernmost Africa, Before Farming, 3,212-225
Mitchell, P.J., (2004), Comment on B.W. Smith & S. Ouzman, Taking stock: identifying Khoekhoen herder rock art in southern Africa, Current Anthropology, 45,517-518
Mitchell, P.J. & Hobart, J.H., (2004), Foraging for southern African hunter-gatherers in the Pitt Rivers Museum: existence and potential, Before Farming, 3,339-345
Mitchell, P.J. & Hudson, A. , (2004), Psychoactive plants and southern African hunter-gatherers: a review of the evidence, Southern African Humanities, 16,39-57
2003
Mitchell, P.J. , (2003), The Archaeology of Epidemic and Infectious Disease, World Archaeology, 35 (2),171-179
Mitchell, P.J., (2003), The archaeological study of epidemic and infectious disease, World Archaeology, 35,171-179
Plug, I., Mitchell, P.J. & Bailey, G.N., (2003), Animal remains from Likoaeng: a post-classic Wilton open air fishing camp site on the Senqu River, Lesotho, South African Journal of Science, 99,143-152
2002
Mitchell, P.J., (2002), Hunter-gatherer archaeology in southern Africa: recent research, future trends, Before Farming, 1,26-61
Mitchell, P.J., (2002), Catalogue of Stone Age Artefacts from Southern Africa in The British Museum, The British Museum Occasional Papers , 108,1-232
2001
Hobart, J., Mitchell, P.J. & Coote, J., (2001), A rock art pioneer: Louis E. Tylor and previously undescribed painted rock fragments from KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, Southern African Humanities, 14,65-78
Mitchell, P.J., (2001), Recent archaeological work in Lesotho: an overview of fieldwork 1988-2001, National University of Lesotho Journal of Research , 9,1-24
Mitchell, P.J., (2001), Andrew Anderson and the nineteenth century development of archaeology in southern Africa, Southern African Humanities, 13,37-60
Mitchell, P.J., (2001), The Archaeology of Slavery., World Archaeology, 33 (1)

Published Books

2009
Ikeya, K., Ogawa, H. & Mitchell, P.J. (eds) , (2009), Interactions Between Hunter-Gatherers and Farmers: From Prehistory to Present, Osaka: National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka. (Senri Ethnological Studies 73)
2008
Badenhorst, S., Mitchell, P.J. & Driver, J.C. (eds)., (2008), Animals and People: Archaeozoological Papers in Honour of Ina Plug, Oxford: British Archaeological Reports
Barham, L.S. and Mitchell, P.J. , (2008), The First Africans: African Archaeology from the Earliest Toolmakers to Most Recent Foragers, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
2006
Mitchell, P.J, (ed.), (2006), Peoples and Cultures of Africa (six volumes), London: Facts on File.
2005
Mitchell, P.J , (2005), African Connections: Archaeological Perspectives on Africa and the Wider World. , Walnut Creek: AltaMira Press.
Mitchell, P.J., (2005), African Connections: Archaeological Perspectives on Africa and the Wider World. , Walnut Creek: AltaMira Press.
Mitchell, P.J., (2005), Finneran, N. (ed.), Safeguarding Africa’s Past. , Oxford: British Archaeological Reports International Series.
2004
Mitchell, P.J., (2004), Sanogo, K. & Togola, T. (eds.),, Bamako: Institut des Sciences Humaines.
2003
Mitchell, P.J., Haour, A. & Hobart, J.H. (eds.), (2003), Researching Africa’s Past: New Perspectives from British Archaeology, Oxford: School of Archaeology
2002
Mitchell, P.J. , (2002), The Archaeology of Southern Africa. , Cambridge and Cape Town: Cambridge University Press.

Contributions to Edited Books

2009
Mitchell, P.J,, (2009), Introduction: in “Ikeya, K., Ogawa, H. and Mitchell, P.J. (eds), Interactions Between Hunter-Gatherers and Farmers: From Prehistory to Present”, pp 1-11, Osaka: National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka. (Senri Ethnological Studies 73).
Mitchell, P.J., (2009), Hunter-gatherers and farmers: some implications of 2000 years of interaction in the Maloti-Drakensberg region of southern Africa: in “Ikeya, K., Ogawa, H. & Mitchell, P.J. (eds), Interactions Between Hunter-Gatherers and Farmers: From Prehistory to Present”, pp 15-46, Osaka: National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka. (Senri Ethnological Studies 73).
Mitchell, P.J., (2009), Hunters and gatherers: in “Cunliffe,B., Gosden, C. & Joyce, R. (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Archaeology”, pp 411-444, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
2008
Mitchell, P.J., (2008), The canine connection: dogs and people in southern African hunter-gatherer societies: in “Badenhorst, S., Mitchell, P.J. & Driver, J.C.(eds), Animals and People: Archaeozoological Papers in Honour of Ina Plug”, pp 104-116, Oxford: British Archaeological Reports.
2006
Mitchell, P.J, , (2006), Archaeology and the Lesotho Highlands Water Project: in “Brandt, S. & Hassan, F (eds.), Damming the Past: Dams and Cultural Heritage Management. ”, pp , Lexington: Lexington Books..
Mitchell, P.J., (2006), Rediscovering Africa: in “Blundell, G. (ed.), Origins : The story of the emergence of humans and humanity in Africa”, pp 118-123, Cape Town: Double Storey.
Mitchell, P.J., Plug, I. & Bailey, G.N., (2006), Spatial patterning at Likoaeng, an open air hunter-gatherer campsite in the Lesotho highlands, southern Africa: in “Ashmore, W., Dobres, M.-A., Nelson, S. & Rosen, A. (eds.), Integrating the Diversity of Twenty-First Century Anthropology: Essays in Memory of Susan Kent ”, pp 81–94, Archeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association: 16.
2005
Mitchell, P.J., (2005), L’archeologia dell’Africa Meridionale: il II millennio D.C.: in “Enciclopedia Archeologica: Africa”, pp 603-610, Rome: Istituto Enciclopedia Italiana Treccani..
Mitchell, P.J., (2005), L’Age de la Pierre moyen et final en Afrique méridionale: in “Sahnouni, M. (ed.), Le Paléolithique d’Afrique: L’Histoire La Plus Longue”, pp 227-259, Paris: ArtCom..
2004
Mitchell, P.J., (2004), Modelling Later Stone Age societies in southern Africa: in “Stahl, A. (ed.), African Archaeology: A Critical Introduction”, pp 150-173, Oxford: Blackwells..
2003
Mitchell, P.J. , (2003), Introduction: in “Mitchell, P.J., Haour, A. & Hobart, J. H (eds.), Researching Africa’s Past: New Perspectives from British Archaeology”, pp 1-8, Oxford: School of Archaeology.
Mitchell, P.J. , (2003), Anyone for hxaro? Thoughts on the theory and practice of exchange in southern African Later Stone Age archaeology: in “Mitchell, P.J., Haour, A. & Hobart, J. H (eds.), Researching Africa’s Past: New Perspectives from British Archaeology”, pp 35-43, Oxford: School of Archaeology..
2002
Mitchell, P.J., (2002), East African archaeology: a South African perspective: in “Barut Kusimba, S. & Kusimba, C. (eds.), New Directions in Later East African Archaeology”, pp 167-182, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
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