Archaeology Departmnent


Late Iron Age pot, Doornpoort, Winburg, Free State

The Department of Archaeology conducts research projects rooted in both the humanities and natural sciences. Specific research interests include issues related to the interpretation of past ecosystems, the history of early farming communities, as well as the archaeology of more recent colonial settlement in the central interior. The Department also consults on Cultural Resource Management, working with both government and the private sector to widen public awareness of the importance of the country’s heritage. The Department of Archaeology is home to major collections, including Stone Age artefacts from the Orange River areas of the Gariep and Van der Kloof dams, Iron Age collections from the Free State, as well as Later Stone Age cultural material from cave sites along the southern Cape coast. New material accessioned to the Collection includes material from South African War
sites in and around Bloemfontein.