oa Annals of the Natal Museum - Nkupe Shelter: report on excavations in the eastern Biggarsbeg, Thukela Basin, Natal, South Africa

Volume 29, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0304-0798



Excavations at the Nkupe Shelter in the eastern Biggarsberg are reported. The deposits at this site date to the mid- and late-Holocene. Large lithic and non-lithic cultural, plant and faunal assemblages were recovered during the excavations and these are descriptionbed. A brief outline of some of the conclu­sions reached in a major synthesis of Thukela Basin hunter-gatherer history are presented. In particular, it is submitted that the Thukela Basin 7000-2000 BP hunter-gatherer society experienced economic intensification as well as social restructuring.

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