oa Southern African Field Archaeology - Burial from the seventeenth century Dutch Fort De Goede Hoop at the Cape.

Volume 4, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1019-5785



Excavations in 1991 on the Grand Parade in Cape Town yielded a complete articulated skeleton buried in an extended position on its back. There was no evidence of a coffin. The burial was found in the vicinity of the sick-comforter's room inside Fort de Goede Hoop which was located on the Parade site. From anatomical analysis the individual was identified as male, of European extraction, in his late forties or early fifties. A large pathological disorder of the distal femur is present on the left leg. A date of burial between 1652-1677 is considered."

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