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Dr Stefania Merlo

Dr Stefania Merlo is a co-ordinator of the Metsemegologolo project. She is based at the University of Cambridge in the Department of Archaeology where she is the remote sensing digital data co-ordinator and project manager of the Mapping Africa’s Endangered Archaeological Sites and Monuments (MAEASaM) project. She studied Classics and Archaeology at the University of Padova (Italy) and holds an MSc in GIS and Remote Sensing (2001) and PhD in Archaeology (2011) from the University of Cambridge. She was a fixed term lecturer in GIS at the University of Leicester in 2006, and a lecturer in computing archaeology at the University of Botswana from 2007 to 2012. Before joining the McDonald Institute in September 2020, she was a Senior lecturer in GIS in the School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand (2013-2020). She has directed archaeological research projects in Libya, Sudan, Botswana and South Africa. She is  a registered Professional GIS practitioner with the South African Geomatics Council.