South Africa is one of the most important regions in Africa for Plio-Pleistocene palaeoanthropology, but much of what we know of the country’s hominin fossil record in this period derives from long-term excavation at only a small number of sites in the Cradle  of Humankind.

This project uses data about historic lime mines located in the extensive  Malmani Dolomites (with which South African hominid fossil sites from this period are associated) in addition to GIS methods to conduct a widespread regional field survey to locate new Plio-Pleistocene fossil sites.

We are:

Field crew

Kevin Kuykendall, Project leader

Senior Lecturer in Palaeoanthropology, Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield, UK




Kristi Lewton, Preceptor & Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, USA





Andrew Reid, Research Assistant, Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield, UK







Project partners:

James Brink, Florisbad Quaternary Research, National Museum, Bloemfontein, South Africa

Brian A. Villmoare, Postdoctoral Scientist, Center for the Advanced Study of Hominid Paleobiology, The George Washington University