Gestoptefontein Rock Engravings
Dr Jeremy Hollmann
Thu, 05/04/2018 - 19:30
The Auditorium, Roedean School, 35 Princess of Wales Terrace, Parktown, Johannesburg
Charge:      Non-members:  R30, members: free
The rock art sites on the farms Gestoptefontein and Driekuil, in South Africa’s North West Province, are well-known in rock art literature, but until now their content, context and significance have not been explored in depth. The two best-known rock art sites are part of a much larger complex of marked outcrops in a landscape that oral traditions imbue with significance. The location and characteristics of these places are discussed, as well as the damage that mining and unsystematic collection of rock art has inflicted on them since the late 19th century. The rock art comprises recognisable motifs of clothing, ornaments, anthropo- and zoomorphs, as well as anthropogenic ‘gestural’ markings, including rock slides. Several factors – the rock art, local beliefs about a large water snake, Khoe-San ethnography – suggest that the ceremonies concerned female initiation and the celebration of womanhood. 
Jeremy Hollmann is an independent specialist in southern African rock art. He is an NRF rated scientists and has worked at the Rock Art Research Institute (Wits University) and the KwaZulu-Natal Museum. He has published several papers on southern African rock art and two books.

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