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Forgotten World : the Stone-Walled Settlements of the Mpumalanga Escarpment.

Author: Peter Delius; Tim Maggs; Alex Schoeman
Publisher: Johannesburg : Witwatersrand University Press, 2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Endless stone circles linked by long passages connect over 10 000 square kilometres of the Drakensberg escarpment in a complex web of stone-walled homesteads, terraced fields and linking roads. The Bokoni settlements (1500 to 1820) housed a substantial population, had infrastructural development, and displayed extraordinary levels of productivity.
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Delius, Peter.
Forgotten World : The Stone-Walled Settlements of the Mpumalanga Escarpment.
Johannesburg : Witwatersrand University Press, ©2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Delius; Tim Maggs; Alex Schoeman
ISBN: 9781868148110 1868148114
OCLC Number: 1090495106
Description: 1 online resource (177 pages)
Contents: Intro; Title Page; Copyright; Contents; Preface; Introduction; Conflicting readings of the rocks; The 'exotic' narrative; The indigenous interpretation; Twenty-first century perspectives; Chapter One: New Ideas About Old Data: How We Are Learning About Bokoni; Buildings in stone; Engravings; Material culture; Ceramics; Iron and steel; Historical sources; Chapter Two: The Arrival Of Farming, The Growth Of Trade And Links To The Indian Ocean World; Expanding regional trade networks and the start of Indian Ocean trade; From wood to stone, and the emergence of new political systems Political dynamicsChapter Three: Making Of A Walled World: Context And Emergence Of Bokoni; Settling the grasslands; Stone walls in the landscape; The homesteads; Chapter Four: A New Way To Manage Fields, Cattle And People; Terrace agriculture; Households, homesteads and fields; Hoes and bored stones --
a puzzle resolved; The giant bored stone; Islands of agricultural intensification; Channelling people and cattle; Animal management; Chapter Five: Neighbours And Raiders; Fear, famine and capture in Bokoni; Capture and 'cannibalism'; Marangrang; 1830s onwards Chapter Six: The Old In The New: Legacies In The Nineteenth And Twentieth CenturiesFortresses; Mission stations; 'The Land Belongs to Us': Dinkwanyanwe, Mafolofolo and Boomplaats; Conclusion; A select bibliography; Additional readings for the curious; Books, articles and theses; Index

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Endless stone circles linked by long passages connect over 10 000 square kilometres of the Drakensberg escarpment in a complex web of stone-walled homesteads, terraced fields and linking roads. The Bokoni settlements (1500 to 1820) housed a substantial population, had infrastructural development, and displayed extraordinary levels of productivity.

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