Canteen Kopje: Cultural Heritage Under Threat
Local pottery and 19th century European glass found during 2015 excavation (photo M. Chazan)
19th Century glass bottle from Canteen Kopje excavation (photo M. Chazan).
Canteen Kopje (Klipdrift) in 1972
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The alluvial diamond diggings at Canteen Kopje (also known as Klipdrift) precipitated the diamond rush, an influx of diggers from throughout the world and the African subcontinent, heralding the modern South African economy and the political arrangements of the twentieth century. Excavations at the site have begun to uncover evidence of initial contact between miners and local people that ultimately transformed the region.
Read more: 2013. Chazan, M., N. Porat, A. Sumner, L.K. Horwitz. The use of OSL dating in unstructured sands: The archaeology and chronology of the Hutton Sands at Canteen Kopje (Northern Cape Province, South Africa). Anthropological and Archaeological Sciences. 5: 351-363.