oa Annals of the Natal Museum - Utilisation of the Transkeian landscape - an ecological interpretation

Volume 26, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0304-0798



Archaeological, historical, sociological and ecological arguments are used to develop a model of the impact of people and livestock on the Transkeian landscape. It is suggested that the present distribution of grassland and woody vegetation is indicative of the vegetation pattern during the Iron Age. Furthermore, it is proposed that it is only recently that stock numbers have increased to the extent where they are causing overgrazing and acceleration of erosion.

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