Western Cape gets two new heritage sites

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.

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.

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