Signs of Conflict and Identity in Hunter-Gatherer History in the Western Cape
John Parkington
Tue, 08/05/2018 - 18:30
SA Astronomical Observatory auditorium
Western Cape

Two different but obviously related components of the archaeological ‘record’, namely rock paintings and human skeletal remains, have the potential to contribute to narratives of conflict and identity. In each case, though, there are difficulties of resolution and differences of opinion about appropriate interpretation. Here I speculate on the possibility of deriving a joint narrative from painted imagery and human remains at a critical moment in hunter-gatherer history in the Western Cape, South Africa.