Skip to main content
×
×
Home

Accelerator radiocarbon dating of Natal Drakensberg paintings: results and implications

  • A. D. Mazel (a1) and A. L. Watchman (a2)
Extract

As Rosenfeld & Smith report in this number of ANTIQUITY, the reconciliation of conventional chronologies for rock-art with the emergent radiocarbon-based dates is not proving an easy affair. Here are the first steps for the classic area of San hunter-gatherer art, on the South Africa/Lesotho border.

Copyright
References
Hide All
Cable F.H. C. 1984. Economy and technology in the Lote Stone Age of Southern Natal. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports. International series 201.
Denninger E. 1971. The use of paper chromatography to determine the age of albuminous binders and its application to rock paintings, South African Journal of Science Special Publication 2: 8083.
Lewis-Williams J.D. 1981. Believing and seeing: symbolic meanings in southern San rock paintings. London: Academic Press.
Mazel A. D. 1984a. Archaeological survey of the Natal Drakensberg, Natal, South Africa, journal of Field Archaeology 11: 345–56.
Mazel A. D. 1984b. Diamond 1 and Clarke's Shelter: report on excavations in the northern Drakensberg, Natal, South Africa, Annals of the Natal Museum 26:2570.
Mazel A. D. 1989. People making history: the last ten thousand years of hunter-gatherer communities in the Thukela Basin, Natal Museum Journal of Humanities 1: 1168.
Mazel A. D. 1990. Mhlwazini Cave: the excavation of Late Holocene deposits in the northern Natal Drakensberg, Natal, South Africa, Natal Museum Journal of Humanities 2: 95133.
Mazel A. D. 1992. Collingham Shelter: the excavation of late Holocene deposits, Natal, South Africa, Natal Museum Journal of Humanities 4: 152.
Pager H. 1971. Ndedema: a documentation of the rock paintings of the Ndedema Gorge. Graz: Akademische Druck.
Rudner I. 1989. The conservation of rock art in South Africa. Cape Town: National Monuments Council.
Stuiver M. & Reimer P. J. 1993. Extended 14C Data Base and revised CALIB 3.0 14C age calibration programme, Radiocarbon 35: 215–30.
Van Der Merwe N.J., Sealy J. & Yates R.. 1987. First accelerator carbon-14 date for pigment from a rock painting, South African Journal of Science 83: 56–7.
Vinnicombe P. 1976. People of the Eland. Pietermaritzburg: University of Natal Press.
Watchman A. 1993. Perspectives and potentials for absolute dating prehistoric rock paintings, Antiquity 67: 5865.
Watchman A. & Cole N.. 1993. Accelerator radiocarbon dating of plant-fibre binders in rock paintings from northeastern Australia, Antiquity 67: 355–8.
Willcox A. R. 1956. Rock paintings of the Drakensberg. London: Max Parrish.
Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

Antiquity
  • ISSN: 0003-598X
  • EISSN: 1745-1744
  • URL: /core/journals/antiquity
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *
×

Metrics

Altmetric attention score

Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 0
Total number of PDF views: 11 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 86 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between September 2016 - 22nd January 2018. This data will be updated every 24 hours.