oa Annals of the Natal Museum - Collection of wild plant foods in Tembe Thonga society: a guide to Iron Age gathering activities?

Volume 29, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0304-0798



Gathering of wild plant foods by Tembe Thonga agro-pastoralists is discussed with reference to coastal plain archaeological sites, which are characteristically poor in plant remains. Of the many edible plant species used today, only three species (Sclerocarya birrea caffra, Strychnos madagas­cariensis and Parinari curatellifolia) require preparation using durable materials which could indicate their past use.

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