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Prof. Robert Thornton
I am a retired Professor of Anthropology at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and now "Research Associate". My previous work has been in cultural anthropology and medical anthropology (The Iraqw of N. Tanzania, Academic Press; The Early Writings of B Malinowski, Cambridge U P; Unimagined Community: AIDS in Uganda and S. Africa, U Calif. Press) and around 50 peer reviewed articles. My most recent book is about traditional healers in South Africa (Healing the Exposed Being, Wits U Press). My current project involves archaeological and ethnographic investigation of mining, metallurgy, and glassin southern Africa in order to explore the archaeological record of the material culture of so-called traditional healing, and especially of the of high-temperature and skilled artisanal technologies in southern African history. With my brother, Jonathan Thornton (Prof of Conservation, SUNY Buffalo, USA), I am conducting of glass fabrication, processing, and bead making in the African past.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
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