The team

Principal investigators: David Halkett, Tim Hart, Lita Webley

Administration & research assistant: Liesbet Schietecatte

Intern: Natalie Kendrick

Field assistants: Mpakamo Sasa, Ntandazo Mjikaliso

Dave Halkett

Dave Halkett

David John Halkett (MA, University of Cape Town)

David is a long standing member of the Association of Professional Archaeologists (ASAPA) and an accredited Principal Investigator of the Cultural Resource Management (CRM) section.

Principal Investigator: Coastal and Shell middens; Grave Relocation; Industrial; Rock Art and Stone Age

Having co-directed the Archaeology Contracts Office at the University of Cape Town (one of the first heritage resource management companies in South Africa) for 24 years, David is now a director of the recently established ACO Associates cc. With 25 years of working experience in heritage impact assessments, conservation and archaeological research, he has worked in a wide variety of contexts and participated in over a thousand heritage projects ranging from Heritage and Archaeological impact assessments, to mitigation of archaeological sites in suburban, rural and industrial (mining) situations. David’s broad experience in heritage management has led to his participation as an advisor to the National Monuments Council up until 2000, and more recently as a member of two Heritage Western Cape regulatory committees, the Impact Assessment Review Committee (IACOM) and the Archaeology, Paleontology and Meteorites Committee (APM). He has served on occasion as a forensic consultant to the Missing Persons Unit of the NPA. He has led field projects on behalf of both local and overseas research organisations, and continues to participate in research on an ad hoc basis. His research interests include aspects of the Middle and Later Stone Ages, and Colonial era of southern Africa and has co-authored a number of peer reviewed journal articles on these topics.

> David Halkett publications

Tim Hart

Tim Hart

Tim Hart (MA, University of Cape Town)

Tim is a professional archaeologist registered with ASAPA (Association of Southern African Professional Archaeologists) and its CRM section.

Principal Investigator: Coastal & Shell Midden; Colonial Period; Grave Relocation; Industrial; Rock Art and Stone Age

Tim started his first professional job in archaeology in 1983 working for the Spatial Archaeology Research Unit at the Dept of Archaeology, University of Cape Town. In 1984 Tim joined the Zeekoe Valley Archaeological Project run by prof Garth Sampson of Southern Methodist University, Dallas Texas where he developed a passion for Karoo heritage. He obtained the degree of MA from UCT in 1987 which was based on the study of later Stone Age events in the Great Karoo. In 1988 Tim Hart was employed as a project manager at the newly formed Archaeology Contracts Office at UCT and along with David Halkett took over management of the ACO in 1991. During the course of the next 22 years the ACO was involved in numerous projects throughout South Africa, several of which were precedent setting in the Southern African context – in particular the discovery of the Chavonnes Battery in the Waterfront in Cape Town and the unmarked paupers cemeteries of Green Point as well as the first involvement of archaeologists in forensic excavation. Tim enjoys survey work, and issues around heritage objects (particularly early technology, firearms, industrial heritage and transport), he has a special interest in historical buildings and the conservation of landscapes and historic places.

Tim has sat on the council of ASAPA and was a committee member of the old NMC. He currently participates on the committees of both SAHRA and Heritage Western Cape. Tim has published various peer reviewed journals.

> Timothy Hart publications


Dr Lita Webley

Dr Lita Webley (MA, University of Stellenbosch; PhD, UCT)

Lita is registered as a professional archaeologist, and is a member of ASAPA (Association of Southern African Professional Archaeologists) and its CRM section:

Principal Investigator: Coastal & Shell Midden; Colonial Period and Stone Age
Field Director: Grave Relocation

Lita worked for 17 years in the Eastern Cape before bringing her experience of the heritage of that Province to the ACO in 2008. Her fieldwork experience includes Middle and Later Stone Age sites and historical sites in the Western, Northern and Eastern Cape and Kwa-Zulu Natal. Lita’s Masters and Phd research was undertaken in Namaqualand and she has also conducted ethnographic fieldwork and collected oral histories from local communities in the Northern Cape. Lita has lectured on archaeology at a number of tertiary institutions and published numerous scientific papers on archaeology.

> Lita Webley publications

Liesbet Schietecatte

Liesbet Schietecatte

Liesbet Schietecatte (MA, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium; MSc, UCT)

Liesbet first studied archaeology at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium and obtained a MA in 1998 based on the study of the leather artefacts (mainly shoes) of the 14th-15th century fishing village Walraversijde near Ostend at the North Sea coast. Subsequently, she worked for the then Flemish Heritage Institute (VIOE) and projects included extensive excavations at Walraversijde, the post-medieval city fortifications of Ostend, field surveys within the framework of the EU Planarch III project, and public liaison around maritime archaeology.

After visiting South Africa, she registered for a MSc degree at UCT and finished her dissertation in 2004 “On fish, pigs and cesspits: A Comparative Study of Stable Carbon and Nitrogen Isotope Analyses on Animal Bone and Soil Samples from Five Medieval Sites in Belgium.” In South Africa, she has worked for the maritime section of SAHRA and became part of the Archaeology Contracts Office in 2007. Here she assists with the administrative running of the business as well as with historical projects in and around the city of Cape Town or further afield. Furthermore, she is part of the project team for the Lotto funded “Green Point Burial Ground Project”.

> Liesbet Schietecatte publications


Natalie Kendrick

Natalie Kendrick

Natalie Kendrick worked with ACO Associates on various projects as a field assistant while she completed her BSocSc Honours degree in archaeology at the University of Cape Town. In May 2013 she began her internship with ACO Associates, where she is continuing to build on her field techniques such as surveying and excavation, while gaining experience related to CRM practices and legislation in the Western Cape. She will be registering for masters at UCT in January 2014. In 2011 Natalie participated in the Koobi Fora field school, and has tutored for the UCT archaeological field school held at Elandsfontien for two years. Natalie is also involved in the organization of the UCT Archaeology Postgrad Group, which is holding workshops each month offering practical training for postgrad students. Her BA History project; “Scar Signs: the occurrence of scarification practices in the Cape Colony, 1834-59,” was included in the UCT publication “Historical Approaches” in 2012.

Ntandazo & Mpakomo

Mpakamo and Ntandazo

Mpakamo Sasa and Ntandazo Mjikaliso

Mpakamo Sasa and Ntandazo Mjikaliso took up employment with the ACO early in 2005. They assist with field work projects and are largely responsible for the post-excavation sorting and curation of archaeological materials. Both have become especially proficient in the processing of shell midden deposits. Mpakamo and Ntandazo also look after and maintain ACO field equipment. Both of their fathers worked for the ACO from 1999 until they retired in 2005.