Andrew Zipkin is an archaeologist with research interests including the Middle Stone Age (MSA) of Central and East Africa, provenance geochemistry, remote sensing and GIS, experimental archaeology, and the origins of behavioral modernity. Specifically, his doctoral dissertation research focuses on understanding how humans interacted with the landscape to acquire and use the ochre pigments (iron oxides) which have been found at MSA sites across Africa. Andrew conducts field work with the Malawi Earlier-Middle Stone Age Project in Karonga, Malawi, with the Olorgesailie Project – Middle Stone Age Group in southern Kenya, and works independently in the Kafue Flats region of Zambia. In the laboratory he collaborates with The George Washington University Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering to test the material properties of adhesives used to construct hafted compound tools, such as a stone-tipped spear. In addition, he conducts archaeometry research with the University of Missouri Research Reactor and the Department of Earth Sciences at the Memorial University of Newfoundland in order to develop new techniques for matching archaeological ochre pigments and iron ores to their geological sources. He also has ongoing collections research collaborations with the Stone Age Institute (Bloomington, Indiana) and with Prof. Steven Brandt of the University of Florida.
|Year Entered Program:||2009|
|Advisor:||Alison S. Brooks|
|Graduate:||Master of Philosophy (Hominid Paleobiology), The George Washington University, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, 2013|
|Undergraduate:||Bachelor of Science with Distinction in Research (Major: Biology and Society), Magna Cum Laude, Cornell University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, 2009|
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|Grants/Awards||2012 Society for Archaeological Sciences R.E. Taylor Student Poster Award for “On the formation and distribution of ochreous minerals in northern Malawi”. 77th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Memphis, TN.
2012 Dissertation Fieldwork Grant: “Material Symbolism and Ochre Use in Middle Stone Age East-Central Africa” Wenner-Gren Foundation – $14,892 (over two years)
2012 Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant: “Material Symbolism and Ochre Use in Middle Stone Age East-Central Africa” National Science Foundation – $25,196 (over two years)
2011 Graduate Research Fellowship: “Ochre Exploitation in the Middle Stone Age of Central and East Africa” National Science Foundation – $90,000 ($30,000/year)
2011 Exploration and Field Research Grant: “Ochre Exploitation in the Middle Stone Age of northern Malawi” The Explorers Club Washington Group – $2000
2011 Cosmos Scholars Grant: “Identification and Characterization of Archaeologically Relevant Malawian Ochre Deposits” Cosmos Club Foundation – $2400
2009 William Warren Graduate Fellowship Award ,The George Washington University – $500
2009 Hirsch Scholarship for Travel to Archaeological Projects, Cornell University – $2500
2008 Hirsch Scholarship for Travel to Archaeological Projects, Cornell University – $2500
2007 Hirsch Scholarship for Travel to Archaeological Projects, Cornell University – $2500
|Research Experience||2013 Independent dissertation research at the Twin Rivers Kopje archaeological site, Kafue Flats, Zambia; in cooperation with the Zambian National Heritage Conservation Commission, Lusaka, and the Livingstone Museum, Livingstone.
2011-2012 Malawi Earlier-Middle Stone Age Project, Karonga, Malawi; University of Queensland, Brisbane and the Malawi Department of Antiquities, Lilongwe
2009-2010 Olorgesailie Middle Stone Age Project, Olorgesailie, Kenya; Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC and the National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi
2008 Nuvuk Archaeological Project, Barrow, Alaska, USA; Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation Science LLC, Barrow
2007 Palaeo-Archaeological Field School, Swartkrans and Kudu Koppie, South Africa; University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg