Horwitz, L.K.,Avery, M.D., Bamford, M., Berna, F., Brink, J., Ecker, M., Fernandez-Jalvo, Y., Goldberg, P., Holt, S., Lee-Thorp, J.A., Matmon, A., Pickering, R., Porat, N., Rossouw, L., Scott, S., Chazan, M., 2022. Wonderwerk Cave, Northern Cape Province: An Early Pleistocene Palaeo-environmental Sequence for the Interior of South Africa. In: Reynolds, S.C., Bobe, R. (eds.), African Paleoecology and Human Evolution. Cambridge University press.

Rhodes, S.E., Goldberg, P., Ecker, M., Horwitz, L.K., Boaretto, E. and Chazan, M., 2022. Exploring the Later Stone Age at a micro-scale: New high-resolution excavations at Wonderwerk Cave. Quaternary International.

Lukich, V. & Ecker, M. 2022, Pleistocene environments in the southern Kalahari of South Africa. Quaternary International,


Ecker, M., Bank. C.-G., Chazan, M., Chen, Y., Green, G., Morris, D., Stoikopoulos, N., Shadrach, K., Stratford, D., Duke, H., Revisiting Pniel 6: the 2017-2019 excavations. South African Archaeological Bulletin 76(214), 57-69.


Ecker, M., Kelley, D. & Sato, H., Modelling the effects of CO2 on C3 and C4 grass competition during the mid-Pleistocene transition in South Africa. Sci Rep 10, 16234 (2020).

Chazan, M., Berna, F., Brink, J., Ecker, M., Holt, S., Porat, N., Lee-Thorp, J., Horwitz, L.K.. Archaeology, Environment and chronology of the early Middle Stone Age component of Wonderwerk Cave. Journal of Palaeolithic Archaeology, DOI:10.1007/s41982-020-00051-8.


Ecker, M., Brink, J., Rossouw, L., Chazan, M., Horwitz, L.K., Lee-Thorp, J.A., The palaeoecological context of the Oldowan–Acheulean in southern Africa. Nature Ecology and Evolution 2, 1080–1086. DOI:10.1038/s41559-018-0560-0.

Ecker, M., Brink, J., Horwitz, L.K., Scott, L., Lee-Thorp, J.A., A 12,000 year Holocene record of changes in herbivore niche separation and palaeoclimate (Wonderwerk Cave, South Africa). Quaternary Science Reviews 180, 132-144. DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2017.11.025.

Ecker, M., Lee-Thorp, J.A., The dietary ecology of the extinct springbok Antidorcas bondi. Quaternary International 495, 136-143. DOI:10.1016/j.quaint.2018.09.012.


Ecker, M., Brink, J., Chazan, M., Horwitz, L.K., Lee-Thorp, J.A., Radiocarbon dates constrain the timing of environmental and cultural shifts in the Holocene strata of Wonderwerk Cave, South Africa. Radiocarbon 59(4), 1067-1086. DOI: 10.1017/RDC.2017.55.

Chazan, M., Horwitz, L.K., Ecker, M., Koopowitz, C., Rhodes, S., Morris, D., Berna. F, Renewed Excavations at Wonderwerk Cave, South Africa. Evolutionary Anthropology, 26(6), 258-260. DOI: 10.1002/evan.21558.


Demarchi, B., Hall, S., Roncal-Herrero, T., Freeman, C.L., Woolley, J., Crisp, M.K., Wilson, J., Fotakis, A., Fischer, R., Kessler, B.M., Jersie-Christensen, R.R., Olsen, J.V., Haile, J., Thomas, J., Marean, C.V., Parkington, J., Presslee, S., Lee-Thorp, J., Ditchfield, P., Hamilton, J.F., Ward, M.W., Wang, C.M., Shaw, M.D., Harrison, T., Domınguez-Rodrigo, M., MacPhee, R.D.E., Kwekason, A., Ecker, M., Horwitz, L.K., Chazan, M., Kroger, R., Thomas-Oates, J., Harding, J.H., Cappellini, E., Penkman, K., Collins, M.J., Protein sequences bound to mineral surfaces persist into deep time. eLIFE, e17092. DOI: 10.7554/eLife.17092. DOI: 10.7554/eLife.17092.


Ecker, M., Botha-Brink, J., Lee-Thorp, J.A., Piuz, A., Horwitz, L.K., Ostrich eggshell as a source of palaeoenvironmental information for the arid interior of South Africa: A case study from Wonderwerk Cave. Palaeoecology of Africa 33, 95-115. PDF

Lee-Thorp, J.A., Ecker, M., Holocene climate and environmental changes from stable isotopes in ostrich egg shell at Wonderwerk Cave, South Africa. African Archaeological Review 32(4), 793-811. DOI: 10.1007/s10437-015-9202-y.



Ecker, M., Renewed survey and excavations at Pniel, South Africa. Quaternary Newsletter 146, 32-34.

Ecker, M., Excavating the fossil bearing strata at Pniel 6, lower Vaal River, South Africa. Web report, Rust Family Foundation,


Ecker, M., Evolution and the Environment: The First Season of Excavations at Pniel, South Africa. Archaeological Institute of America Toronto Society Newsletter Fall 2017.

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