Dr Jerome Reynard

Member of EXARC since
E-mail address
jeromereynard [at] gmail.com
South Africa
Crafts & Skills

I am a lecturer in the School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. I am currently leading a South African Department of Science and Technology/National Research Foundation (NRF) Thuthuka-funded study using faunal remains to assess occupational intensity and environmental change in the Late Pleistocene (Thuthuka grant number: 107082). One of the aims of the project is to conduct actualistic experiments to inform on processing behaviour since population pressure often results in more intensive processing strategies. By conducted butchering experiments on bovids, we document the processes involved in intensive butchery to explore the connection between subsistence intensification and demography. I am also involved with experimental studies on the effects of trampling on faunal remains and bone tools. Results from some of my research suggest that trampling marks may be used to infer occupational intensity. I will be hosting a bone tool workshop at the ACE conference at Wits in 2018 to investigate bone tool modification processes.