Department of Anthropology and Archaeology

Mr FP Coetzee

College of Human Sciences
School of Humanities
Anthropology and Archeology Museum
Junior Lecturer
Tel: 012 429 6297


  • BA (University of Pretoria, 1991)
  • BA (HONS) (Cum Laude) (University of Pretoria, 1994)
  • THE RESTORATION OF LOW-FIRED EARTHERNWARE (The South African Academy of Ceramic Conservation, 1998)

Fields of academic interests

  • Late Iron Age settlements
  • Early Tswana (Kgatla) settlement history
  • Cultural Resources Management

Field of Specialisation

  • Early African Farming Communities
  • Cultural Heritage Management
  • Early Tswana history
  • Museum management


  • 'History: Humans and Nature' in The Magic of Pilanesberg: A Complete Guide to the Park. Jacana Publishing, 1995, pp 38-41
  • Hall, S., Anderson, M., Boeyens, J.C.A. & Coetzee, F.P. 2008. Towards an Outline of the Oral Geography, Historical Identity and Political Economy of the Late Pre-Colonial Tswana in the Rustenburg Region. In. Five Hundred Years Rediscovered: Southern African Precedents and Prospects, Chapter: Chapter Three, Publisher: Wits University Press, Editors: Natalie Swanepoel, Amanda Esterhuysen

Journal articles

  • Coetzee, F.P. 1997. Our Heritage at Pilanesberg, Sediba Newsletter.
  • Coetzee, F.P. 1997. Snakes and Crocodiles: Power and Symbolism in Ancient Zimbabwe, TN. Huffman, In, Kleio (Vol 29). (Book review)
  • Coetzee, F.P. 2000. The King’s Bowl. De Arte. Vol 61
  • Coetzee, F.P. & Prinsloo, H.P. 2001. Stayt: A 13th Century Mapungubwe type site situated in the Soutpansberg, Northern Province, South African Journal of Ethnology vol 24(3)
  • Coetzee, F.P. 2004. Review: Archaeology of Southern Africa, by Peter Mitchell. Kleio (Book review)
  • L’Abbe, E.N., Coetzee, F.P. & Loots, M. 2008. A description of iron age skeletons from the Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa, The South African Archaeological Bulletin Vol. 63(187):28-36
  • Boeyens, J.C.A., Van der Ryst, M.M., Coetzee, F.P. & Loots, M. 2009. From uterus to jar: The significance of an infant pot burial from Melora Saddle, an early nineteenth-century African farmer site on the Waterberg Plateau. Southern African Humanities. Vol 21.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • University of Pretoria Merit Bursary, 1992
  • Post Graduate Merit Bursary: Centre for Science Development (UP), 1994
  • Member of the Association of Southern African Professional Archaeologists (ASAPA)
  • ASAPA Council Member 2005-2009
  • Registered member of the Cultural Resource Management Section of ASAPA
  • Registered archaeologists with the AMAFA (Heritage Agency in KwaZulu-Natal)
  • Registered archaeologists with the South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA)


  • Early Tswana farming communities in Pilanesberg National Park
  • Late Iron Age settlements in the Lapalala Wilderness Reserve, Waterberg
  • Development of Open air Tswana tourist sites
  • Settlement sequence a Late Venda settlement (Magoro)


  • Our World in Art, Unisa Art Gallery, 1-22 June 1994
  • Ceramic Exhibition, Pretoria Art Museum, April 1995
  • 'San Baltazar Ára’: Paraguayan Mask Exhibition, Museum of Anthropology & Archaeology, Unisa, 20 March-30 September 1998
  • 'No Boundaries’: A Reflection on Three Unisa Collections, Unisa Art Gallery, August-October 1998
  • Discovering South African Archaeology. Permanent  Exhibition. Museum of Anthropology & Archaeology. UNISA. 2001
  • Bolt’s Farm Palaeontological Exhibition, Semi-permanent Exhibition. Museum of Anthropology & Archaeology. UNISA. 2016