Early Hominid Site in the ‘Cradle of Humankind’
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Dimensions and Pages: 210 x 180 mm, 64 pp
  • EAN: 9781868144211
  • Recommended Price (ZAR): 290.00
  • Recommended Price (USD): 19.95

This guide to Sterkfontein is the second in a series of short books on South Africa’s World Heritage Sites. Written by specialists and generously illustrated, the series aims to provide accurate and accessible introductions to the sites, and to make the visit more meaningful and enjoyable for uninformed visitors. Mapungubwe was published in 2005.

Sterkfontein provides an easy-to-read overview of the geological and fossil history of the Sterkfontein Valley. The remarkable record contained in the Sterkfontein Caves, comprising thousands of animal, plant and hominid fossils, is simply presented and current debates are explained. The use of visual markers from Sterkfontein enables visitors to identify essential features and formations.

Wits University Press will be publishing iSterkfontein in isiZulu translation in 2009.

Amanda Esterhuysen is an archaeologist at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

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