Led by Jayne Wilkins and Ben Schoville, the North of Kuruman Project is investigating early human origins in the Kalahari Basin.
As I move forward in my career as an archaeologist, I carry the good and the bad that I have come to witness in the field.
The short answer is that we don’t know yet. Archaeologists and palaeoanthropologists are split between different perspectives.
It was an amazing moment that put our fieldwork in perspective – the African environments in which humanity developed are also the environments that we need to conserve in order to understand that past.
Excavation is challenging, but totally worth it. The best thing about it is the fact that it could actually change history…well not history itself, but definitely our understanding and interpretation of it.
All field seasons have some work associated with the weekend. The North of Kuruman Project is no exception. Saturday mornings are spent sorting through the 10mm sieved material excavated from Gamohana Hill North Shelter (GHN), Kuruman.
Behind every great production, one can rest assured that there are many individuals working hard to contribute to its success. You could say the same of an archaeological dig; you will likely read the published research article, but it is unlikely that you will see the hard work and great lengths that we all go to contribute to the final product.
Wathint’ Abafazi, Wathint’ Imbokodo, – “Now that you have struck the Women, you have struck the rock”. We are strong and resilient.
So here goes; a day in the life of me, an honours student with a keen interest in marine resources, who now finds herself working in a rock shelter hundreds of kilometres from the sea.
Upon walking into the cave the name “Wonderwerk” becomes apparent, as the cave is massive! As I followed the walkway I felt swallowed by the immenseness of it, wondering when, if ever, we would reach its end.
Practical experience is an important part of any occupation. Medical students have to perform operations on cadavers, culinary students practice making various dishes, and archaeology students attend field seasons.