Travis Pickering

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1999
Professor of Anthropology
At UW-Madison since 2006

Biological Anthropology

Affiliations: Research Associate, Institute of Human Evolution, University of the Witwatersrand, WITS 2050, Johannesburg, South Africa; Research Associate, Stone Age Institute, 1392 West Dittemore Road, Bloomington, Indiana, 47433, USA


I am Director of the Swartkrans Paleoanthropological Research Project (South Africa). Swartkrans is an Early Pleistocene hominid site in South Africa that has yielded abundant fossils of Australopithecus robustus and Homo erectus , Early Stone Age lithic and bone artifacts and burned bones that may be the earliest traces of humanly controlled fire. Our current research is focused on understanding the role of hominids in the complex ecology of Swartkrans c . 1.8 million years ago. I am also an instructor on the Swartkrans and Limpopo Palaeo-archaeology Fieldschool, South Africa ( ) and Co-Editor of the multidisciplinary periodical, the Journal of Taphonomy ( ).

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