oa Annals of the Natal Museum - Mgoduyanuka: terminal Iron Age settlement in the Natal grasslands

Volume 25, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0304-0798



This paper gives the first descriptionption of a type of Late Iron Age settlement which is characteristic of a large part of the interior grasslands of Natal. The site, dated to about the seventeenth or eighteenth century, had an economy based on cattle, small stock and cultivation, particularly of maize. Cultural aspects relate it to Nguni-speaking peoples, but differentiate it from all such groups descriptionbed in the anthropological literature.

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