Some recent archaeological findings in the Northern Cape
19 July 2012
Professor Michael Chazan of the University of Toronto will give a talk this [Friday] evening on archaeological findings that have recently focused international attention on Northern Cape sites.
Microscopic analysis yielding evidence for use of fire by human ancestors a million years ago at Wonderwerk Cave made it into Time Magazine in April this year and was reported in scientific and popular media worldwide. This is the oldest evidence on earth for habitual use of fire. Previously, Peter Beaumont of the McGregor Museum has pointed to the significance of the site including macroscopic evidence of fire in early levels.
Professor Chazan directs the current research at Wonderwerk Cave and at sites at Kathu where new dating methods and analysis of finds produce results now published in several scientific papers. His team has been highlighting the exceptional importance of these Northern Cape sites internationally. Local appreciation of their world significance will be crucial for conserving these extraordinary sites, with current efforts including improvement of public access and availability of information.
The talk will be at 6-30 pm at the Lady Oppenheimer Hall, McGregor Museum (off Egerton Road). Open to all.
Prof Michael Chazan
University of Toronto
Friday 20 July at 6-30 pm
at the Lady Oppenheimer Hall, McGregor Museum (off Egerton Road), Kimberley