Department of Archaeology and Ancient History

Baumanova, Monika

I am currently a Marie Curie Global Individual Fellow (2015-2018), undertaking research on socio-spatial dynamics in African urbanism. I joined the Department in May 2017, having spent the initial phase of the project at the Centre for African Studies of the University of Basel, Switzerland.  I completed my undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, where I focused on African and global historical archaeology. In 2012, I got my PhD in Archaeology at the University of West Bohemia, Czech Republic, researching spatial relationships between medieval woodland settlements and their hinterlands. Between 2011-2014 I worked on an international research project in the Czech Republic, during which I focused on spatial analyses and Swahili urbanism. 

My research interests include historical archaeology, archaeology of urbanism and the built environment, social use of space, and spatial analyses (network and sensory analyses).

My current research combines the archaeological approaches to the materiality of African urban built environments with those of other social sciences. I focus on the social connotations of spatial organisation in African towns over the long term (from 15th – 20th centuries), specifically employing comparative approaches to analyses of street networks, space within individual building and the urban spatial fabric.