Katharine Scott graduated from the University of Cape Town with a BA in Fine Art. Between 1970 and 1974 she was Research Assistant in the Departments of Archaeology and Palaeontology at the South African Museum, Cape Town, where she published the first evidence of the arrival of domestic animals in sub-Saharan Africa 2,000 years ago. She went on to complete a BA Hons and PhD at the University of Cambridge. Her PhD dissertation was on British fossil mammals. As Research Assistant to Prof. Charles McBurney from 1976-1979, she conserved and analyzed the exceptional assemblages of mammoths from his excavations at La Cotte de St Brelade, Jersey. Since 1989 she has conducted field work at a number of Upper Thames Quaternary sites with Christine Buckingham, concentrating especially on the 10-year excavation of 200,000-year-old fossiliferous deposits at Stanton Harcourt near Oxford. This now comprises the largest excavated collection of mammoths in Britain. She is an Emeritus Fellow of St Cross College Oxford an Honorary Associate of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.
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