08 January 2013
archaeological sites at Mossel Bay’s Pinnacle Point which have revealed some of the
earliest evidence for modern human behaviour -have been declared Provincial Heritage
declaration was made in terms of section 27 of the National Heritage Resources
Act and was announced in the Western Cape Government’s Provincial Gazette.
Martin Hatchuel adds that the
Pinnacle Point is significant because it’s a uniquely dense concentration of
well-preserved archaeological sites which contain a record of human occupation
over a period of about 170,000 years from the time when modern human behaviour
first emerged to the pre-colonial period
The archaeological remains first
came to light during an environmental impact study of a portion of land that
would later be developed as the Pinnacle Point Beach and Golf Resort.
The 1997 survey by Dr. Jonathan
Kaplan and Dr. Peter Nilssen revealed a number of Stone Age sites as well as
evidence that humans had inhabited the caves in the cliffs below the
present-day Pinnacle Point Club House for tens of thousands of years.
Labels: Pinnacle Point declared a provincial heritage site