Dr  Linda  C  Prinsloo

Phone No: +61 2 4221 5966


  • Research Fellow

Professional Profile

Exploring the application of vibrational spectroscopy (Raman and FTIR) to archaeological problems including the detection of organic residues on stone tools/rock art, characterisation of sediments and rocks used to make stone tools. 

  • Research fellow  (since 2015) 
  • Previous position: Chief researcher, Department of Physics, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa (2003-2015).
  • Prior appointments were at educational institutions in South Africa.
  • PhD, University of Pretoria, 2008.
  • Link to full CV

Research Interests
  • Application of vibrational spectroscopy to identify organic residues on stone artefacts and rock art
  • Thermal properties of rocks used to make stone tools.
  • Characterisation of sediments

Current Projects
  • Out of Asia: unique insights into human evolution and interactions using frontier technologies in archaeological science (ARC Australian Laureate Fellowship (FL130100116) 

Selected key publications

UOW Searchable Publications list

  • Lyn Wadley and Linda C Prinsloo, 2014. Experimental heat treatment of silcrete implies analogical reasoning in the Middle Stone Age, 2014. The Journal of Human Evolution, 41, 732-739.
  • Linda C Prinsloo, Lyn Wadley and Marlize Lombard, 2014. Infrared reflectance spectroscopy as an analytical technique for the study of residues on stone tools: potential and challenges, Journal of Archaeological Science, 41, 732-739.
  • Linda C. Prinsloo, Aurélie Tournié, Philippe Colomban, Céline Paris and Stephen T. Bassett. 2013. In search of the optimum Raman/IR signatures of potential ingredients used in San/Bushman rock art paint. Journal of Archaeological Science, 2013, 40, 1981-1990. \
  • Linda C Prinsloo, Werner Barnard, Ian Meiklejohn and Kevin Hall. 2008. The first Raman spectroscopic study of San rock art in the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park, South Africa. Journal of Raman Spectroscopy, 39 (5): 646-654.
  • Linda C Prinsloo, 2007. Rock Hyraces: a cause for San rock art deterioration? Journal of Raman Spectroscopy, 38: (5), 496-503. 





Last reviewed: 10 February, 2016