Tracks in a Mountain Range

Exploring the History of the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg
Tracks in a Mountain Range
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  • EAN: 9781868144099
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Dimensions and Pages: 210 x 180 mm, 176 pp
  • Format: Paperback
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Since the arrival of literate European settlers in what is now KwaZulu-Natal in the second quarter of the nineteenth century, numerous stories about the Drakensberg region have made their way into print. But for every story which happens to have been written down, there are many others which have not, and which are therefore unavailable to us in our aim of wanting to establish a modern-day understanding of the history of the Drakensberg. This applies especially to the stories told by the unlettered San hunter-gatherers and their forebears during the several thousand years for which they inhabited these mountains, and by the isiNtu-speaking black farmers who have lived in the neighbouring uplands for the past thousand years or so. But it also applies to the unwritten stories told by European colonisers and their descendants over the last century and a half.

The declaration of the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park as a World Heritage Site provided an occasion for reflecting on the history and people of the region, from the earliest known times to the present. Constructed from archaeological and written sources, this book highlights the histories of the indigenous San hunter-gatherers and black farmers, as well as of the European colonisers. The accessible text is complemented by photographs of the landscape, rock art and archaeological finds.

John Wright is an Emeritus Professor of History at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Aron Mazel is an archaeologist at the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies, Newcastle University, United Kingdom.

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