Project Manager of 'Web Access to Rock Art: the Beckensall Archive of Northumberland Rock Art'
Dr Aron Mazel
Dr Aron Mazel
Dr Aron Mazel is responsible for the overall running of the project, including the conceptualisation of the metadata and specification of the panel database and website; data collection and entry; scanning and processing of drawings; slides and negatives; all aspects of the fieldwork programme; the drafting of the text for Interactive Zone; and the project outreach programme. Member of the Project Management Team.
Research Interests
Aron Mazel’s research interests include:
• The management and interpretation of cultural heritage.
• History of South African museums.
• The construction of hunter-gatherer archaeological history, including the integration of information derived from excavations with that from rock art (research area: Thukela basin, South Africa).
• The absolute and relative dating of rock art.
• Northumberland rock art.
• The portrayal of San hunter-gatherer and Black farming community archaeological history in South African schools textbooks and museums since the 1970's.
• Changing interpretations of hunter-gatherer history.
Newcastle University
Following a long career in research and museum management in South Africa, Aron Mazel moved to Newcastle University in the middle of 2002 to lead the 'Northumberland Rock Art: Web Access to the Beckensall Archive' project ( After the completion of this project, he took up a lecturing position at ICCHS in January 2005.
Roles and Responsibilities
Module Leader - Heritage Management 1 and 2
Module Leader - Master of Practice
To develop third-strand revenue
BA (1977), BA Hons (1978), MA (1981), PhD (1988). All University of Cape Town
Previous Positions
2002 - 2004 Research Associate (Archaeology), School of Historical Studies, University of Newcastle upon Tyn.e
2002 Head: Research & Interpretation (Social History), Iziko Museums of Cape Town.
1998 - 2002 Director, South African Cultural History Museum.
1994 - 1997 Assistant Director, Natal Museum.
1981 - 1994 Museum Human Scientist (Archaeology), Natal Museum.
1979 - 1981 Temporary Professional Officer (Archaeology), Natal Museum.
1978 Tutor (Archaeology), University of Cape Town.
Association of Southern African Professional Archaeologists (ASAPA).
British Rock Art Group (BRAG).
Council for British Archaeology (CBA).
Museums and Galleries History Group (MGHG).
Pan African Association for Prehistory and Related Studies.
South African Archaeological Society.
South African Museums Association.
The Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne.
Honours and Awards
The 'Northumberland Rock Art: Web Access to the Beckensall Archive' website won the 2006 British Archaeological Awards Channel 4 ICT Category.
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