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Nompumelelo “Mpume” Hlophe

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Areas of Speciality
  • Ph.D. Biological Anthropology
Darryl de Ruiter
First Year In the Program


Mpume graduated from the University of South Africa in 2011 with a BA in Information Science. She worked as an Exploration Technician at the Cradle of Humankind in South Africa from 2015-2016, excavating the remains of Homo naledi from the newly discovered site of Rising Star. In August 2016 she moved to the US to pursue her MA studies in Anthropology at Georgia Southern University. There her research focused on conducting a bioarchaeological study of the occupants from the Tugalo Site (9ST1), which addressed the diet, health, and behavior of the occupants. She is currently pursuing her PhD in the Biological Anthropology Program at Texas A&M University under the supervision of Dr. Darryl de Ruiter. Her research interests include understanding the health and diet of the first agriculturalists of South Africa, and osteological analyses of human skeletal populations.