Archaeology Departmnent


Musical instruments donated to Museum

12 January 2017

A number of old harmonicas and a Hohner accordion (1904) have been donated to the historical archaeology and cultural studies devision of the Archaeology Department.  The Museum would like to receive more old harmonicas, accordions and consertinas, regardless of their condition, for research.  Please contact Gerda Coetzee (051 447 9609 / gerda [dot] coetzee [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za).

Archaeologist attends conference in France

11 January 2017

Dr Lloyd Rossouw, Head of the Archaeology Department, attended the 23rd biennial conference of the Society of Africanist Archaeologists in Toulouse, France, at the Université Jean Jaurès from 26 June to 2 July.  He presented a paper on the palaeo-environmental application of fossil grass phytoliths from Early Stone Age occupation layers at Wonderwerk Cave in the Northern Cape Province.

Conference presentations

27 June 2013

Gerda Coetzee presented several posters at the ASAPA (Association for South African Professional Archaeologists) Conference which took place at the Kamhlaba United World College, Mbabane, Swaziland from 1-2 July 2011. (Posters can be downloaded).

an introduction to Welkomskraal

Gerda Coetzee

An introduction to Welkomskraal:  A farming community in the Eastern Cape Province dating from the 1880s to the 1920s















Gerda Coetzee

The disposal of rubbish and the location of middens:  A case study from the farm Welkomskraal in the Eastern Cape Province


Material culture studiesGerda Coetzee

Material culture studies:   studying advertisements and events surrounding the traditional Holy Communion weekend:  A case study from the farm Welkomskraal, Eastern Cape Province














Sudré Havenga & Gerda Coetzee

Unbuttoning the past:  buttons found at Welkomskraal in the Eastern Cape PDF 900 KB

Annie R. Antonites & Gerda Coetzee

The market economy of sheep farming in the 19th  and 20th century Cape Colony:  A case study form the Eastern Cape Province

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Gerda Coetzee presented a poster at the National Conference of the South African Society for Cultural History which took place in George from 24-25 May 2013.


speelgoed en beeldjiesGerda Coetzee & Sudré Havenga

Speelgoed en beeldjies gevind te Welkomskraal, distrik Venterstad, Noordoos-Kaap: ‘n Histories-Argeologiese studie



Gerda also gave an oral presention on the same topic at the conference.