Sigrid is an archaeologist with a research focus on early human technology. She has a PhD in Palaeolithic archaeology from the University of Oslo on the Middle Stone Age of Tsodilo Hills, Botswana. She is particularly interested in the interplay between lithic (stone) technology and human social life, and investigates this using a chaîne opératoire framework. Most of her research has taken place in the Kalahari, where she first started excavating in 2004.
- Member of the Landscape Dynamics research cluster
Sigrid is currently working on the Landscape archaeology of the Kalahari project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The goal of this project is to investigate how major hydrological shifts affected the mobility and landscape use of humans in the late Quaternary. Led by Professor David Thomas, it involves researchers from various disciplines at the universities of Oxford, Brighton, Oslo and Botswana. Through archaeological surveys and excavations, geochemical sourcing of lithic artefacts and collection of palaeoenvironmental data, the project aims to map human adaptation and mobility in the under-researched Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana.
- Nash, D.J., Coulson, S., Staurset, S., Stewart Ullyott, J., Babutsi M. and Smith, M.P. (forthcoming) Going the distance: mapping mobility in the Kalahari Desert during the Middle Stone Age through multi-site geochemical provenancing of silcrete artefacts. Journal of Human Evolution.
- Staurset, S. and Coulson, S. (2014) Sub-surface movement of stone artefacts at White Paintings Shelter, Tsodilo Hills, Botswana: Implications for the Middle Stone Age chronology of central southern Africa. Journal of Human Evolution, 75: 153-165.
- Nash, D.J., Coulson, S., Staurset, S., Smith, M.P. and Stewart Ullyott, J. (2013) Provenancing silcrete in the Cape coastal zone: Implications for Middle Stone Age research in South Africa. Journal of Human Evolution, 65: 682-688.
- Nash, D.J., Coulson, S., Staurset, S., Stewart Ullyott, J., Babutsi, M., Hopkinson, L. and Smith, M.P. (2013) Provenancing of silcrete raw materials indicates long-distance transport to Tsodilo Hills, Botswana, during the Middle Stone Age. Journal of Human Evolution, 64(4): 280-288.
- Coulson, S., Staurset, S. and Walker, N.J. (2011) Ritualized behavior in the Middle Stone Age: evidence from Rhino Cave, Tsodilo Hills, Botswana. PaleoAnthropology, 2011: 18-61.