Cape Town – The Blombos Cave in the Southern Cape and the Elandsfontein Fossil Dune Site on the West Coast have been named the latest provincial heritage sites in the Western Cape.
“Both these heritage sites contain important evidence of life from previous years and with their declaration as Provincial Heritage Sites, we are ensuring that they will still be kept preserved for years to come,” Cultural Affairs and Sport MEC Anroux Marais said in a statement released by the Western Cape Government.
Archaeologists from UiB are currently excavating Blombos Cave, an archaeological site located about 300 km east of Cape Town, South Africa. Early evidence of art and personal ornaments (77 000 years ago) and paint (101 000 years ago) are some of the most informative findings at this site, which have yielded important new insight into the behavioural evolution of Homo sapiens. Read more at: www.tracsymbols.eu Photo taken by Magnus Haaland, PhD candidate at Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion #Archaeology #Middlestoneage #humanevolution #Blomboscave #arkeologi #Southafrica #Stoneage #paleolithic #uib #excavation #ahkr #uibhf
Marais highlighted the Blombos Cave, just outside Stilbaai, as being especially important, since it presents archaeological evidence from the Middle Stone Age and bears testimony to a cultural tradition which has now disappeared.
Due to the high levels of sensitivity, and their location on private property, the sites are unfortunately not open to the public.
However, in the future, once Heritage Western Cape has developed and finalised the conservation management plans for the sites, there would be the possibility that they might be visited on an appointment basis.