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H 276 x W 203 mm

418 pages

Illustrated throughout in colour and black & white

Published Nov 2017

Archaeopress Access Archaeology


Paperback: 9781784917036

Digital: 9781784917043

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Khoe-San; Rock Art; South Africa; North West province; Ottosdal; Wonderstone; Gestoptefontein- Driekuil complex; Heritage; Mining

Cambridge Monographs in African Archaeology 97

The Cutting Edge: Khoe-San rock-markings at the Gestoptefontein-Driekuil engraving complex, North West Province, South Africa

By Jeremy Charles Hollmann

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This book addresses rock engravings on the wonderstone hills just outside Ottosdal, South Africa. Much of the rock art has been destroyed due to mining activities, with very few records and the largest remaining outcrop is still threatened. The study hopes to bring this situation to the attention of the public and the heritage authorities.



Preface; I Introduction; 1 What this all means; 2 Research context; II The rock art of the GDC; 3 Gestural markings; 4 Anthropomorphs and zoomorphs; 5 Decorative designs and patterns; 6 Ethnography; 7 Depictions of clothing in the GDC; 8 Ornaments and decorations; III Khoe-San womanhood; 9 Girls’ puberty rites; IV Back to the hills; 10 The significance of gestural markings; 11 Themes in referential art; V Conclusion; 12 The value of the GDC study; Bibliography; Appendix: A kind of torture: the GDC survey