In November 2019, Justine Wintjes organized a field trip to the town of Moyeni in the Quthing district of Lesotho, with the participation of Ghilraen Laue, rock art researcher and curator in the Department of Human Sciences at KZNM, Anton Coetzee, PhD candidate in History of Art at Wits University, and TelangSekotlo, registered tour guide and rock art custodian in Lesotho. The aim of the field trip was to locate rock art sites in the Quthing area that had been previously recorded by German rock art researchers Elisabeth Mannsfeld, Agnes Schulz and Maria Weyersberg of the Frobenius expedition in 1928 as well as the research project ‘Analysis of Rock Art in Lesotho’ (ARAL) directed by Lucas Smits of the National University of Lesotho in the 1970s and 1980s. There are a number of rock art sites near to and entangled in the urban fabric of Moyeni, including several intriguing panels by the Phuthi artist Masitise commissioned by Marion Walsham How on the side of the house she and her husband were living in at the time.
TelangSekotlo, TselisoMandoro, Ghilraen Laue and Anton Coetzee examining rock paintings painted on the sandstone walls of the former British Residency, currently occupied by the Lesotho National Security Service, in the town of Moyeni. Photo by Justine Wintjes (2019).