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From apathy to oblivion? The shameful history of heritage resource management in the Vaal Triangle

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dc.contributor.author Prins, Marguerite
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-11T09:30:21Z
dc.date.available 2011-01-11T09:30:21Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.citation PRINS, M. 2007. From apathy to oblivion? The shameful history of heritage resource management in the Vaal Triangle. TD: The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa, 3(1):39-52., Jul. [http://dspace.nwu.ac.za/handle/10394/3605] en
dc.identifier.issn 1817-4434
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10394/3907
dc.description.abstract The Vaal Triangle is richly endowed with a prehistory that commenced c. 1.5 million years ago, when a succession of Stone Age cultures flourished in the fertile Vaal-Klip valley in the environs of the modern industrial city of Vereeniging. The numerous stone artefacts scattered throughout the area, attest to these ancient settlements. During the Iron Age, the sandstone outcrops in the valley provided a durable surface for engraving – a manifestation of the burgeoning ability of humankind to give pictorial form to experiences and ideas. Due to the efforts of a few concerned individuals, the prehistoric sites in the Vaal-Klip valley received international acclaim and recognition. In 1943 and 1944, the two most important Stone Age archaeological reserves were officially declared national monuments, followed by the Redan rock engraving site in 1971. Over an extended period of time the two bodies responsible for their maintenance, the local government and the official heritage body of the day, conducted extensive negotiations, but failed to save these sites. With the exception of Redan, all the previously listed rock engraving sites, and the two Stone Age archaeological reserves, have been completely obliterated. Redan has become progressively neglected and abandoned. This paper examines the impasse presently surrounding Redan, and the failure of the relevant bodies, to conserve and sustain the non-renewable prehistoric culture remains of the Vaal Triangle. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Stone Age en
dc.subject Iron Age en
dc.subject Prehistoric culture remains en
dc.subject Rock engravings en
dc.subject Heritage resource management en
dc.subject South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) en
dc.subject Intellectual property en
dc.title From apathy to oblivion? The shameful history of heritage resource management in the Vaal Triangle en
dc.type Article en


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