Carmel Schrire

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Carmel Schrire
Born (1941-05-15) May 15, 1941 (age 74)
Fields Anthropology
Institutions Rutgers University
Alma mater University of Cape Town, University of Cambridge, Australian National University

Carmel Schrire (born May 15, 1941[1]) is a professor of anthropology at Rutgers University.

She was born in Cape Town, South Africa and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Cape Town (BA, 1960), going on to attend the University of Cambridge (BA(Hons.), MA, 1965). Her early research interests where in prehistoric archaeology, and she did her doctoral research in Australia's Northern Territory, on the way in which modern Aboriginal behaviour can help interpret prehistoric remains. She received her PhD in 1968 from the Australian National University.[2] In 1984 she initiated a program in the historical archaeology of European contact and settlement at the Cape region in South Africa.[3][4] Her 1995 book Digging through Darkness: Chronicles of an Archaeologist explores the dehumanizing effects of colonialism and racism on both colonized and colonizer.[5] In 2004, she excavated the house of the "Last Jew of Auschwitz" in Oświęcim, Poland.


  1. ^ John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Reports of the President and the Treasurer (John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 1989), p. 83.
  2. ^ Rutgers biographical sketch
  3. ^ Schrire, Carmel. Digging through Darkness: Chronicles of an Archaeologist. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1995. ISBN 0-8139-1558-9.
  4. ^ Schrire, Carmel. Tigers in Africa: Stalking the Past at the Cape of Good Hope. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2002. ISBN 0-8139-2129-5.
  5. ^ Review of Digging through Darkness by Kris Hirst


  • Carmel Schrire and William Lee Steiger (1974). "A matter of life and death: an investigation into the practice of female infanticide in the Arctic", Man: the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Society 9: 162.