Humphrey Nyambiya

Doctoral student

Interdisciplinary Center for Archaeology and Evolution of Human Behaviour (ICArEHB)
FCHS, University of Algarve
Campus de Gambelas
8005-139 Faro

Research Interests

Archaeozoology, Environmental Archaeology, Palaeoproteomics, Cultural Heritage Management

Short Bio

Humphrey Nyambiya is a PhD student at the University of Algarve, who holds a PhD Fellowship (UIDP/04211/2020) funded by the FCT (Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia) acquired through ICArEHB. He obtained his BA Hons. Archaeology from the University of Zimbabwe in 2018. Between 2020-2021, he did his MPhil in Archaeology at the University of Cape Town, specializing in archaeozoology of a Middle Stone Age site in the Limpopo Province with the title The Middle Stone Age fauna from Olieboomspoort: an archaeozoological perspective.

Currently, he is developing his PhD research on the emergence of herding practices in southern Africa, trying to understand subsistence strategies, processes of diffusion of by combining classical archaeozoological techniques and palaeoproteomics.

Nyambiya, H., Val, A & Stynder, D. 2020. Preliminary synthesis for the study of the faunal remains from Pomongwe. In : Bourdier C., Dayet L., Dudognon C., Dumottay, C., Frouin M., Haaland M., Jobard L., Mnkandla T., Mercier N., Nhunzvi J., Nyambiya H., Porraz G., Stynder D., Thomas M., Touron S., Tribolo C & Val A. L’art rupestre des chasseurs-cueilleurs du Later Stone Age d’Afrique australe: apparition, filiations et ruptures dans les Matobo, Zimbabwe (MATOBART). Rapport quadriennal 2017-2020, pp. 46-47.

Nyambiya, H & Mutyandaedza, B. 2019. Challenges of managing colonial heritage in a post-colonial era: A case study of colonial heritage in Harare, Zimbabwe. Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa, 21 (4): 1-15.

Nyambiya, H. 2019. The New Archaeology: Revolution or Evolution? Student Archaeological Journal, 3: 26-36.

Nyambiya, H. 2018. Intracontinental exchanges before “globalization”: The economy of pre-colonial Zimbabwe. International Journal of Student Research in Archaeology, 4: 61-75.

Nyambiya, H; Mardjoua, B & Maganzo, A. L. C. 2018. International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management (ICAHM) 2017 Annual Meeting: A Review. International Journal of Student Research in Archaeology, 4: 166-172.

Nyambiya, H; Mutyandaedza, B; Mugabe, B; Muchanyangi, T; & Zhou, T. Under Review. Southern Africa and cultural heritage: an assessment of online promotion strategies. Journal of Heritage Management.


Even a child knows how valuable the forest is. The fresh, breathtaking smell of trees. Echoing birds flying above that dense magnitude. A stable climate, a sustainable diverse life and a source of culture. Yet, forests and other ecosystems hang in the balance, threatened to become croplands, pasture, and plantations.