Judith Sealy

Current Position

Professor in Archaeology
University of Cape Town


Judith Sealy is Professor in Archaeology at the University of Cape Town, and holds a South Africa National Research Foundation funded Research Chair. She received her undergraduate and post-graduate training at UCT, gaining her MSc (with distinction) in 1984 and her PhD in 1989 for a thesis entitled ‘Reconstruction of Later Stone Age diets in the south-western Cape, South Africa: evaluation and application of five isotopic and trace element techniques’. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa. She currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Archaeological Science, Azania and Southern African Humanities, and is a former Editor of the South African Archaeological Bulletin and Associate Editor of Archaeometry. Her research interests include the development and application of stable isotope techniques for dietary reconstruction, hunter-gatherer archaeology across the period from the emergence of modern humans to the recent past, and the beginnings of food production in Africa.  Current research projects include (i) diets and settlement patterns of hunter-gatherers and pastoralists on the southern coast of South Africa (ii) development of new stable isotope analytical methods.