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The Journal of African Archaeology is an international peer-reviewed periodical appearing half-yearly since 2003. It publishes original papers addressing recent research and developments in African archaeology and related disciplines. The journal's main purpose is to provide scholars and students with a new pan-African forum for discussing relevant topics on the cultural dynamics of past African societies.

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Vol. 11 (1) 2013

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A. Le Roux, S. Badenhorst, A. Esterhuysen & C. Cain

Faunal Remains from the 1854 Siege of Mugombane, Makapans Valley, South Africa

Journal of African Archaeology, Volume 11 (1), 2013, pages 97-110, DOI 10.3213/2191-5784-10229

Abstract

This paper presents the analysis of faunal remains excavated from Historic Cave in the Makapans Valley, Limpopo Province, South Africa. The cave was occupied for twenty-eight days by the Kekana Ndebele after they were placed under siege by the Boers in 1854. The faunal remains provide insight into preparations undertaken by the Kekana prior to the siege, their rationing of food and the physical and spiritual role that animal food, skin, horns and bones played while they were in the cave.

Résumé
Cet article présente l'étude de la faune du site de Historic Cave dans la Vallée de Makapans, Province du Limpopo, en Afrique du Sud. La grotte a été occupée pendant 28 jours par les Ndebele Kekana après qu'ils aient été assiégés par les Boers en 1854. Les restes fauniques apportent des informations concernant les préparatifs entrepris par les Kekana avant le siège, le rationnement de leur nourriture, ainsi que le rôle physique et spirituel qu'ont joué les ressources animales, aussi bien la viande que la peau, les cornes et les os, lors de leur séjour dans la grotte.


Keywords: fauna, Kekana Ndebele, Makapans Valley, siege of 1854


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