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A new approach to the archaeology of livestock herding in the Kalahari, Southern Africa
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, African and Comparative Archaeology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4857-202X
2009 (English)In: Antiquity, ISSN 0003-598X, E-ISSN 1745-1744, Vol. 83, no 319, 110-124 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The author notes that livestock herding in the Kalahari Desert would require water during the dry season. By mapping and dating artificially dug or enlarged waterholes, he shows when and where such herding would have been possible. Dating is by radiocarbon, artefact scatters and cartography. Comparison with climatic, documentary and oral evidence shows that the use of the artificial wells correlates with what is known so far about the movement of peoples over the last two millennia. This inspires confidence in the connection between the wells and herding and in the survey methods.


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Cambridge: Heffers Printers Ltd , 2009. Vol. 83, no 319, 110-124 p.
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Namibia, Botswana, Kalahari, water, wells, herding, desert
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-95219OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-95219DiVA: diva2:173251
Available from: 2009-02-14 Created: 2009-02-14 Last updated: 2016-01-04

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