Human Beginnings in South Africa: Uncovering the Secrets of the Stone Age

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Rowman Altamira, Jan 1, 1999 - History - 214 pages
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That Africa is the cradle of humankind has been conclusively confirmed in South Africa with the discoveries of fossil remains of early humans. In this book Hilary and Janette Deacon present the results of nearly 150 years of archaeological research that follows the progress of our Stone Age ancestors from these early beginnings to the late nineteenth century. The forgotten secrets of the precolonial period are not usually accorded high status in the histories of southern Africa but are vital for acknowledging the heritage of the indigenous people and for establishing the origins of all modern people. The evidence has been carefully pieced together to show that the roots of South African society stretch way back into the Stone Age.
Illustrated throughout with black and white photographs, maps and diagrams, this book provides an up-to-date and authoritative account specially designed for general readers, students, teachers and researchers.
  

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Contents

Learning about the past
Environments of the past
7
Primate ancestry
28
Human beginnings
46
The first true humans
69
Emergence of modern people
85
Innovation and the Later Stone Age
105
The Later Stone Age as Khoisan history
126
Rock art and religious beliefs
160
Khoekhoen and the introduction of domestic animals
174
Conserving heritage for the future
190
Bibliography
197
Index
207
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About the author (1999)

H. J. Deacon has taught at the University of Stellenbosch and lectured widely.
Janette Deacon has held various teaching and research posts and since 1989 has been the archaeologist at the National Monuments Council, South Africa.

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