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Chioma Vivian Ngonadi is a PhD student in the Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge. Her PhD project, supervised by Prof. Martin Jones and Dr Matthew Davies engages archaeological data with historical, botanical and material science techniques to investigate how West African iron smelters in Lejja, Southeastern- Nigeria sustained life and integrated with the quest for food in the past. Much of this project has focused on how plant food resources were managed including which plants were cultivated as oppose to trade in and how the subsistence practices have changed through time. Chioma previously completed her undergraduate and master’s degree in Archaeology at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka- Nigeria and University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. She has a wide range of experience in teaching, public engagement and archaeological field work. After her PhD, Chioma intend to go back to Nigeria and use the expertise and knowledge that she has gained to inspire the next generation of African archaeologists.


  • Archaeology 
  • Environmental Studies
  • Landscape
  • Conservation


Teaching and Supervisions


Department of Archaeology, University of Nigeria, Nsukka- Nigeria.

Geographical region

West Africa
PhD Student


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Research keywords: 
Landscape Ecology
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