• Carmel Schrire
  • Carmel Schrire
  • Distinguished Professor, Anthropology
  • Focus Area: Archaeology

    Carmel Schrire was educated at the University of Cape Town, Cambridge and the Australian National University. She has taught in South Africa, Australia and the US and is currently a Professor II in the Department of Anthropology at Rutgers. She has worked and published on the archaeology of Australia, Mauritius and South Africa, and on fields that include archaeological sequences, hunter-gatherer behaviour, history, ethnography, fiction and poetry.


    Schrire in currently engaged in a major project on the impact of European colonization at the Cape of Good Hope. Her position on the Advisory Board of the APVA at Jamestown, Virginia, has led to comparative analyses of the impact world-wide. She is now completing a book on the material culture of the Dutch East India Company at the Cape, 1650-1800.

    2008 The Material Culture of the VOC at the Cape of Good Hope, 1650-1800. Left Coast press (in prep.)

    2007 Bushmen identity in South African heritage presentations, 1911-2001. In N.A. Silberman and W. Derde (Eds) Who owns the past? Heritage rights and responsibilities in a multicultural world. Ename Center for Public Archaeology: Oudenaarde, Belguim.

    2006 Catalog of Oriental Ceramics at the Castle of Good Hope, Cape, South Africa. (with Jane Klose) HARG Publications, University of Cape Town.

    2006 Airbrushed: Memory and Heritage at the Cape, South Africa. In N.A. Silberman and W. Derde (Eds) Memory and Identity: The Role of Heritage in Modern Society. Ename Center for Public Archaeology: Oudenaarde, Belgium.

    2005 Case Study: Excavations at Oswiecim. http://www.project_yesod.org/start.html

    2005 Report on Archaeological Excavations at the Kleuger House, Oswiecim, Poland, August 2004 (with E. G. Jordan). Ename Center for Public Archaeology and Heritage Presentation with the sponsorship and Assistance of The Auschwitz Jewish Center Foundation, Oswiecim, Poland. Pp 1-14.

    2004 The historical archaeology of washerwomen at the Cape of Good Hope.(With E. G. Jordan) Quarterly Bulletin of the National Library of South Africa: 58 no 4:147-58.

    2004 Review of "African Historical Archaeologies edited by A. M. Reid and P.J. Lane. Journal of Anthrop. Research. 60:292-4.

    2003 The Conciliators: Bushmania and the Nightmare of Survival. Visual Anthropology Review 19, 1&2: 160-165.