Geoff Blundell

Curator of the Origins Centre at Wits University

Geoff is the curator of the Origins Centre at Wits University.

After obtaining his BA at Wits University in the late 1980s and completing honours with distinction in social anthropology in 1993, he moved into archaeology for an MA, which he also passed with distinction. Geoff published his first scientific paper at 22 and was then employed as a full-time researcher in the Rock Art Research Institute at Wits University from 1995. He embarked upon a PhD on embodiment and history in the San rock art of Nomansland at the University of Uppsala, Sweden, which he completed in 2004. Between 2000 and 2001, he spent a year as a visiting fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, leaving the city one week before Geoff has published several academic papers and four books – and two more books and several academic papers are on the way.

He has conducted field research throughout Africa, France, Scandinavia and the United States. In 2002, Geoff joined the Origins Centre project at Wits as the principal academic adviser. Here he was responsible (with a team) for designing visitor experience, audio tours and computer games. In 2005, he was appointed curator of the centre and received the President’s Award rating from the National Research Foundation as a young academic with the potential to influence the discipline of archaeology internationally.

He lives in Johannesburg with his wife Carol and a one-year-old son Christopher.

Lunch Spot: Cafe Fino