Candice Koopowitz

Emailckoopowi@sfu.ca

B.A.: University of Cape Town, 2014

 

Supervisor: Dr. Francesco Berna

           

Research Areas: FTIR spectroscopy, Microarchaeology, Stone Age Archaeology, Fire, Geoarchaeology, Chemistry

 

M.A. Research:

FTIR spectroscopy has played an important role in identification of fire residues in prehistory. In particular, burnt bone is often classified using this technique. I am exploring the effects that variables such as temperature and burning duration may have on the appearance of the FTIR spectrum of burnt bone. Through exploration of the bone chemistry, I aim to understand the thermal alteration of the bone mineral, and therefore induce whether other diagenetic processes would produce similar spectra to that of burnt bone. I applied these results to the site of Wonderwerk Cave, South Africa, to determine if the fauna excavated from the context of 1.78Ma were burnt.

Publications:

     Journal papers and book chapters:

Chazan, Michael & Horwitz, Liora & Ecker, Michaela & Koopowitz, Candice & Rhodes, Sara & Morris, David & Berna, Francesco. (2017). Renewed excavations at Wonderwerk Cave, South Africa. Evolutionary anthropology. 26. 258-260. 10.1002/evan.21558.

     Conference Presentations:  

C. Koopowitz, M. Ecker, L. Horwitz, M. Chazan and F. Berna. “Investigating Fire in the Early Stone Age at Wonderwerk Cave: Implications for hominin evolution,” Society of Africanist Archaeologists, 24th Biannual Meeting, June 18-21 2018, Toronto, Canada

M. Chazan, L. Kolska-Horwitz, F. Berna, M. Eckers, S. Rhodes, C. Koopowitz & D. Morris. "Renewed excavations at Wonderwerk Cave," Association of Southern African Professional Archaeologists 2017, July 4-7 2017, University of Pretoria, South Africa

F. Berna, R. Jacob, L. Kolska-Horwitz, C. Koopowitz and M. Chazan. "Fire and the Genus Homo: new evidence from ESA contexts at Wonderwerk Cave, South Africa," Paleoanthropology Society 2017 Annual Meeting, March 28 and 29 2017, Vancouver BC, Canada

 

Images:

Sawing micromorphology blocks at SFU                                                          

Performing fauna burning experiments at SFU Geoarchaeology lab

Befriending a zebra, Western Cape, South Africa