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Dr Stella Basinyi
Lecturer in Heritage and Digital Creativity



Stella Basinyi has a multidisciplinary background in Archaeology, Cultural Studies and Heritage Management. She studied Archaeology at the University of Botswana, Master of Arts in Culture and Environment in Africa at the University of Cologne and PhD in Heritage Management at Justus Liebig University (Giessen, Germany). Before joining the University of York, she was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and an Advancing Woman Fellow at the University of Cape Town, Department of Archaeology and Human Evolution Research Institution (HERI).


She was a Leica Geosystems Visiting Research Fellow in Spatial Archaeology Residential and Online Institute (SAROI) at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST), University of Arkansas. The program was sponsored by the National Endowment for Humanities.

Stella worked at the Botswana National Museum and Monuments and practised as an independent consulting archaeologist and heritage specialist in Botswana since 2019. Basinyi is currently a mentee in the UNESCO’s Mentorship Programme for African World Heritage Professionals.



Stella's work focuses on public engagement with cultural heritage sites in Africa and beyond, the heritage making process, illustrating the relevance of Archaeological cultural heritage and indigenous communities in the present. Her post-doctoral research project focused on the historical influences on heritage and science narratives.



  • Presenting Archaeology and Heritage


  • Contemporary Issues in Museums
  • Museums, Audiences and Interpretation

External activities


  • The Association of Southern Africa Professional Archaeologists (ASAPA)
  • Botswana Association of Professional Archaeologists (BAAP)
  • American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA)
  • Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS)