Innocent Pikirayi is Professor in archaeology and Head of the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Pretoria. His research focuses on the rise, development and demise of complex societies in southern Africa since 1000 AD. He is currently conducting geo-archaeological investigations around Great Zimbabwe to document the ancient city’s water resources, and assess the role of water in social formation.
He is a part of the Integrated History and future of People on Earth (IHOPE) initiative, a global network of researchers and research projects that link human and Earth system history through the integration of knowledge and resources from the biophysical and the social sciences and the humanities. He is also a member of the Shanghai Archaeology Forum (SAF), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the investigation, presentation and protection of the world’s archaeological resources.