Genevieve Dewar

Professor and Associate Chair, Undergraduate (UTSC)
(416) 985-0366


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

Research Keywords: Bio-archaeology, marginal environments, hunter-gatherers, origins of modern human

Research Region: Southern Africa


Dr. Dewar works in southern Africa on issues of human modernity, origins of modern human behaviour, focusing on evidence for Palaeoenvironments, Subsistence and Settlement strategies.  She also has an ongoing project here in Ontario using isotopes to better understand the subsistence strategies of an Algonquian group (cemetery) from the Windsor area.  She is teaching Introduction to Anthropology and World Prehistory this term and Human Osteology and Human Origins: new discoveries in the winter term.  Her current project is called Adaptations to Marginal Environments in the Middle Stone Age.


Ph.D., University of Cape Town, 2007


Scheib, C.L., Li, H., Link, V., Pinotti, T., Kendell, C., Dewar, G., et al. 2018.Ancient human parallel lineages within North America contributed to a coastal expansion. Science. Doi: 10.1126/science.aar6851

Dewar, G. and Marsh, E. 2018. The comings and goings of sheep and pottery in the coastal desert of Namaqualand, South AfricaJournal of Island and Coastal Archaeology 14:1, 17-45.

Hopper, C., Sealy, J., & Dewar, G. 2017. Little Ice Age drought event  reconstructed from isotopic analysis of archaeological springbok. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. Doi.10.1016/j.palaeo.2017.09.019

Dewar, G., and Stewart, B.A. 2017. Early maritime desert dwellers in Namaqualand, South Africa: a Holocene perspective on Pleistocene peopling. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology. 12(1): 44-64.

Schillaci, M., Kopris, C., Wichmann, S., and Dewar, G.  2017. Linguistic clues to Iroquoian prehistory. Journal of Archaeological Research 73 (3) 448-485.

Dewar, G. and Stewart, B.A. 2015. Paleoenvironments, sea level change and settlement in Namaqualand, South Africa during MIS 6-2. In: Stewart, B. and Jones. S. (Eds.) Africa during stages 6-2: population dynamics and palaeoenvironments. Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology. New York: Springer Press.

Stewart, B.A., Parker, A.G., Dewar G., and Morley, M. 2015. Follow the Senqu: afromontane foragers in late Pleistocene Lesotho. In: Stewart, B. and Jones, S. (Eds.), Africa during stages 6-2: population dynamics and palaeoenvironments Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology. New York: Springer Press.

Dewar, G. and Orton, J.  2013.  Subsistence, settlement, and material   culture on the central Namaqualand coastline In: A. Jerardino,  D. Braun,  and A. Malan (Eds.) The archaeology of the west coast of South Africa. Cambridge Monographs in African Archaeology 84 British International Reports Series 2526: 109-123.

Dewar, G., Reimer, PJ., Sealy, J., and Woodborne, S. 2012. Holocene marine reservoir effect correction (ΔR) for the west coast of South Africa. The Holocene. 22 (12): 1438-1446.

Stewart, B.A., Dewar G. Morley, M., Inglis, R., Wheeler, M., Jacobs, Z. and  Roberts, R.  2012. Afromontane foragers of the late Pleistocene: site formation, chronology and occupational pulsing at Melikane Rockshelter, Lesotho.  Quaternary International 270: 40-60.

Dewar, G. and Stewart, B. 2012.  Preliminary results of excavations at Spitzkloof Rockshelter, Richtersveld, South Africa. Quaternary International 270: 30-39.

Meul, T., Dewar, G., and Schillaci, M.  2011. The Meul Index: a non-destructive method for estimating the cortical index in skeletal samples.    International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 21: 243-246

Dewar, G. and Pfeiffer, S. 2010.  Approaches to estimation of marine protein in human collagen for radiocarbon date calibration. Radiocarbon. 52 (4): 1611-1625.

Dewar, G., Ginter, J., Shook, BAS., Ferris, N,. Henderson, H., 2010.  A Bioarchaeology study of a Western Basin Tradition Cemetery on the Detroit River.  Journal of Archaeological Science 37 (9) 2245-2254

Dewar, G.  2010. Late Holocene burial cluster at Diaz street midden, Saldanha Bay, Western Cape, South Africa. South African Archaeological Bulletin 65 (191): 26-34

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