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The intersection of archaeology, oral tradition and history in the South African interior.

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dc.contributor.author Boeyens, J C A
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-24T07:10:27Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-24T07:10:27Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.citation Boeyens, J.C.A. 2012. The intersection of archaeology, oral tradition and history in the South African interior. New Contree : A journal of Historical and Human Sciences for Southern Africa. 64:1-30, Jul. [http://dspace.nwu.ac.za/handle/10394/4969] en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0379-9867
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10394/7016
dc.description.abstract The historical entanglement of indigenous and colonial societies in South Africa created not only multiple points of social and cultural interaction, but also a repository of interconnected material, oral and documentary records. A multi-source, comparative approach across disciplinary boundaries is, therefore, essential to achieve a full and seamless account of late precolonial and early colonial African history. Oral tradition could serve as a bridge between archaeology and text-based history, thereby enabling historically known political lineages to be connected with the archaeological ruins of specific precolonial African towns. Similarly, documentary sources on African societies of the interior are often very limited in scope even deep into the nineteenth century, as a result of which the complementary use of archaeological methods and data becomes a methodological imperative. Three case studies from the South African interior, Marothodi, Kaditshwene and Magoro Hill, are presented to illustrate the explanatory potential of an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the more recent African past. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher School for Basic Sciences, Vaal Triangle Campus, North-West University en_US
dc.subject Archaeology en_US
dc.subject Oral tradition en_US
dc.subject History en_US
dc.subject Entanglement en_US
dc.subject Interdisciplinarity en_US
dc.subject Five Hundred Year Initiative en_US
dc.subject Olifantspoort en_US
dc.subject Marothodi en_US
dc.subject Kaditshwene en_US
dc.subject Magoro Hill en_US
dc.title The intersection of archaeology, oral tradition and history in the South African interior. en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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