Africa Month: Rock art of the Groot Winterhoek Mountains
𝗗𝘂𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗔𝗳𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗮 𝗠𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗵, 𝗞𝗭𝗡 𝗠𝘂𝘀𝗲𝘂𝗺 𝗰𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗯𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗲𝘀 𝗶𝘁𝘀 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗲𝘀. 𝗪𝗲 𝗰𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗯𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗿𝗼𝗰𝗸 𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗻𝘀𝗰𝗲𝗻𝗱𝘀 𝗺𝗼𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗯𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀.
Until recently, the rock art of the Groot Winterhoek Mountains in the southern Cape near Port Elizabeth has remained largely unexplored. In 2013 Ghilraen Laue commenced a project to record and interpret this art with the objective of understanding regional differences in hunter-gatherer rock art in southern Africa. So far, 40 sites have been recorded; ongoing field work suggests that many more sites will be added to this total. At first glance, the imagery looks different from the paintings found in the Drakensberg. Close analysis of the images, however, shows that the underlying symbolism is similar and points to a widely shared worldview amongst the painters across the sub-continent.
𝐷𝑟 𝐺ℎ𝑖𝑙𝑟𝑎𝑒𝑛 𝐿𝑎𝑢𝑒 𝑖𝑠 𝑎 𝑐𝑢𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑜𝑟 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝐻𝑢𝑚𝑎𝑛 𝑆𝑐𝑖𝑒𝑛𝑐𝑒𝑠 𝐷𝑒𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑡𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑎𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝐾𝑤𝑎𝑍𝑢𝑙𝑢-𝑁𝑎𝑡𝑎𝑙 𝑀𝑢𝑠𝑒𝑢𝑚. 𝐻𝑒𝑟 𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑐ℎ 𝑓𝑜𝑐𝑢𝑠𝑒𝑠 𝑜𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑟𝑜𝑐𝑘 𝑎𝑟𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑜𝑢𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑛 𝐶𝑎𝑝𝑒 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑎 𝑠𝑝𝑒𝑐𝑖𝑓𝑖𝑐 𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑡 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑎𝑟𝑡 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝐺𝑟𝑜𝑜𝑡 𝑊𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑟ℎ𝑜𝑒𝑘 𝑀𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑡𝑎𝑖𝑛𝑠. 𝐿𝑖𝑛𝑘𝑠 𝑡𝑜 𝑠𝑜𝑚𝑒 𝑜𝑓 ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑟𝑒𝑐𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑝𝑢𝑏𝑙𝑖𝑐𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑠 𝑜𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑎𝑟𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑎𝑟𝑒𝑎 𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑏𝑒 𝑓𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑑 𝑜𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑀𝑢𝑠𝑒𝑢𝑚 𝑤𝑒𝑏𝑠𝑖𝑡𝑒: