oa Annals of the Natal Museum - Sikhanyisweni Shelter: report on excavations in hte Thukela Basin, Natal, South Africa

Volume 29, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0304-0798



Excavations at Sikhanyisweni Shelter in the Thukela Basin near Helpmekaar are reported. The de­posits at this site date to the early, mid- and late-Holocene. The lithic and non-lithic cultural remains and animal and plant residue recovered during excavations are descriptionbed. In the ensuing discussion, this information is used to elucidate the social structural development of Thukela Basin hunter-­gatherer society. It is submitted that between 4000-2000 BP three alliance networks existed in the Thukela Basin, and Sikhanyisweni Shelter's position within this scheme is outlined.

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