oa Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy - Some observations on 'ancient' mining at Phalaborwa

Volume 74, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 0038-223X



A brief account is given of historical references to the Phalaborwa area, the first being to the mountain of copper and iron sought by Francois de Cuiper in 1725. These are followed by a descriptionption of several finds in the area, which are related to finds descriptionbed in the literature and to Bantu tradition on the subject. Phalaborwa is one of the earliest known mining sites in the Republic of South Africa, Loolekop having been a mining centre, as shown by carbon-14 dating, since 770 A.D.

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