Archaeology Module – 25 – 27th August 2017

Some of us were fortunate, and were able to stay for the week, after being here for the prior weekend, doing the First Aid module.

Friday Evening

After testing our knowledge on Arthropods, we returned to camp for dinner, followed by a social around the fire.

Getting the fire going – a very important part of any weekend.

The pyromaniacs among us were set free, with the rest of us just happy to be able to warm ourselves, as the recent cold front (hopefully the last for this winter) made for a nippy experience.

Saturday Morning

We started the day with a very informative lecture at the education centre.

By lunch time, we were all eager to head out to the bush.  Our previous bush walks having raised our expectations somewhat.

We all then went to the Iron Age site, which was a first for some of the students.

The restored Iron Age site

After a thoroughly educational visit, we split into two groups, with one group going to Motlhobo Drive, and the other to Mabele a Podi.  Unfortunately, some elephants had beaten us to Mabele a Podi, which prevented us from undertaking the walk up to the site.

Sunday Morning

We started with a short lecture session back at the education centre, before once again heading out on a field visit.

Once the all-clear was given by our armed escort, we made our way to the remains of a Stone Age village.
The recent erosion made the visit very interesting.

The Dithabaneng site where we found a skeleton exposed by the last rains.

Again, we were well protected by our armed escorts, who placed themselves strategically in the bush.

There are three in this picture, can you see them?

Ed’s Note: Me neither!

We then again split into the two groups. With one going to Mabele a Podi and the other to Motlhobo drive. Those going to Motlhobo drive, climbed the hill to see the remains of a site that is very difficult to interpret, as not only are there a number of cattle kraals within the site, but the remains of a female were found buried in one of the kraals, which is most unusual.

Views at the Motlhobo Dr. Site.

We then all returned to camp to pack up and head for home

And so another great informative weekend has passed, one full of learning and insights.

On behalf of all the students who attended the weekend, we would like to thank all the HO’s responsible for the organisation and for keeping  us safe, while ensuring a great experience. Also, a big thank you to our Lecturers Francois and Shaw for sharing their passion and knowledge with us.

Ed’s Note: Many thanks to student Brian Williams for stepping in and providing us with this fascinating commentary on the Archaeology weekend.

 

 

 

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