Shadreck Chirikure is Associate Professor of Archaeology and Director of the Archaeological Materials Laboratory at the University of Cape Town. His research combines techniques from hard sciences with those from humanities to explore pre-colonial African technologies such as metal and pottery production. Chirikure has carried out excavations at various sites including Great Zimbabwe and Khami World Heritage sites. His work is exposing the technologies that sustained these internationally well-known sites. Chirikure’s two books Indigenous mining and metallurgy in Africa (Cambridge University Press) and Metal in Society (Springer 2015) have been well received. Chirikure’s current research explores the survival of precolonial technologies into the present within the discourse of indigenous knowledge systems.