Louisa Hutten

Chief Scientific Officer

Louisa Hutten is the Chief Scientific Officer in the Department of Archaeology at UCT. She obtained her Library and Information Science degree (1994), Honours degree in Archaeology (1996) and MSc in Anatomy with specialisation in Archaeozoology (2005) at the University of Pretoria (UP).

Before joining UCT in 2007, Hutten was at the Physical Anthropology Section, Anatomy Department at UP. She is highly experienced in the various aspects of archaeology and is the department’s go-to person regarding research, equipment, space allocations, logistics, and much more.

Amongst others, her tasks include the management of the various collections housed and curated in the department. She assists academics, researchers, students, and visitors in various areas of fieldwork, logistics and lab work. Her research focus is on archaeozoological related aspects and includes studying the differences amongst indigenous sheep and goats of southern Africa.

Hutten is also currently analysing Later Stone Age faunal material from Lesotho. It is her passion to teach students and see them grow.

Archaeology Dept, Beattie Building, Room 3.11.1
Fax: +27 (0)21 650 2352


Steyn, M; Pretorius, R and Hutten L. 2004. Geometric morphometric analysis of the greater sciatic notch in South Africans. HOMO 54(3): 197-206

Nienaber, W. C. Steyn, M; Hutten, L. 2008. The grave of King Mgolombane Sandile Ngqika: Revisiting the legend. The South African Archaeological Bulletin 63 (187): 46-50

Hutten, L. 2008. Symbolic Animal Burials from the Venda region in the Limpopo Province, South Africa. In Badenhorst, S., Mitchell, P. and Driver, J.C. eds.  Animals and People: archaeozoological papers in honour of Ina Plug. Archaeopress