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Ngoloyi Nonkululeko Ntombi

NGOLOYI Mantombi

PhD student, Université Toulouse III Paul Sabatier

contact : ntombingoloyi(a)
Research Topic
The use of GIS and multi-scalar analysis tools to reconstruct the geomorphology of the fossil hominin sites and, to facilitate the understanding and interpretation of fossil hominin taphonomy in Kromdraai and the Cradle of Humankind.

Current Research
My current research focuses on the use of Geographic Information System (GIS) tools in archaeology to enhance the visualization and interpretation of fossil hominin sites and, to better understand their geomorphological contexts at local and regional scales. The series of historical geological changes at different spatial and temporal scales, the geometry of the fossiliferous deposits and, the taphonomy of fossilized Plio-Pleistocene hominins at Kromdraai B (KB) are demonstrated in this study, providing an archive documenting the palaeoenvironments of the KB site. My research involves adopting a multi-scalar approach in order to construct a 3D representation and to generate a complete digital record of the KB site and UNESCO World Hertigtage Site the "Cradle of Humankind" (inscribed in 1999) in South Africa. This involves the application of modern, innovative methods such as multi-image photogrammetry from land and drone imagery, remote sensing, terrestrial and close range laser scanning and, micro-computed tomography (microCT). In addition to applying 3D modeling, image processing, GIS and remote sensing techniques towards the understanding of fossil taphonomy at KB and the "Cradle of Humankind" ; a large component of this research is to create an accessible web interface comprising of a regularly updated database incorporating the findings of the study, the progression of the excavation and, relevant metadata for the benefit of both academics and the general public ; facilitating education and information dissemination through a virtual environment. Archives of metadata from other archaeological sites proving useful to the understanding of this type of research will also be included in the database and freely accessible.

Collaborations/ Acknowledgements
This research is fully funded by the AESOP+ Erasmus Mundus Programme (European Commission), the research team also recieves support from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The research is in collaboration with the Institute for Human Evolution (University of the Witwatersrand- South Africa) and the Centre National de la Recherché Scientifique (CNRS- France).