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Mariette Harcombe completed her BA LAL with specialisation in Early World Civilisations in 2006, followed by an Honours in Ancient Near eastern Studies in 2007 (cum laude), an Honours in Archaeology in 2010, and a Master’s in Ancient Near Eastern Studies in 2011 (cum laude). Mariette currently in the second year of her Doctoral studies in Ancient Near Eastern Studies through the University of South Africa (UNISA). Following two years of service as a Junior Lecturer in Archaeology at UNISA’s Department of Anthropology and Archaeology (2009-2010), Mariette has been working as an Editorial Assistant in the Department of African Languages, for five accredited academic journals at UNISA. Mariette has also completeda post-graduate certificate course in Editing Principles and Practice through the University of Pretoria. She holds professional memberships with ASAPA, serves as a committee member of the Ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern Society (as editor of the Scarab & Scribe) and currently serves as the Secretary of the Souther African Archaeological Student Council.


Mariette having some fun during the 2013 East Fort Archaeological Project

Karin Scott completed her BA in Archaeology and Anthropology and her Hons in Archaeology with specialisation in Archaeozoology at UNISA.  She is currently busy with her Masters in Archaeology with specialisation in comparative animal skeletal anatomy.  Karin began her career in 1995 at the then Transvaal Museum (now Ditsong National Museum of Natural History) as the collections manager in the department of Archaeozoology.  She was appointed the Transvaal Museums Public Communications Co-ordinator in 2000 and from there expanded her PR and marketing roll for all the eight national museums in the north of the country.  During this time Karin represented the Northern Flagship (now Ditsong National Museums of the North) on ministerial and mayoral advisory committees, tourism forums and external and internal exhibitions and shows.  In 2003 Karin started a private archaeozoological consultancy and has since worked on various projects ranging from Paleontological, Stone Age, Iron Age and Historical faunal assemblages that originated throughout sub-Saharan Africa.


Making archaeology glamorous is a full-time job, as Karin so aptly demonstrates




In 2011, Mariette and Karin co-founded Heritageworx, which has grown from strength to strength. Over the past five years, the Heritageworx team has presented a number of archaeological and heritage-themed short courses. In 2013, the East Fort Archaeological Project, a collaboration between Heritageworx and Archaetnos (Dr Anton Van Vollenhoven) was launched in Pretoria. The project represented the first of its kind in a series of public participation initiatives.


The 2014 East Fort team:
Seated in front: Karin Scott and Mariette Harcombe. Kneeling: Prof Anton van Vollenhoven


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