Digging for History in Mapungubwe National Park

Mogalakwena Researcher Portia Phokela is an Eco-Club Mentor in Simson, in South Africa’s Limpopo Province.

On the 15th of October 2020 the Mogalakwena Research Centre staff, including Portia, joined a group of archaeologists from the University of Pretoria at the Little Muck Shelter excavation site in Mapungubwe National Park.

Portia picks up the story: “The Little Muck Shelter contains rock art, stone hollows used for grinding sorghum and millet, polishing bones and traditional games, also known as Tsoro or Morabaraba. On the site, we had the exciting opportunity of helping them sort artefacts including pottery, glass beads dating back as far as AD 1 000, stone tools, bones and shells. It was a great day meeting Dr Tim Forssman from the University of Pretoria, who elaborated on the amazing San history.

“I am keen to share this experience with my Eco-Club members and hope to organise for the children to visit the Little Muck Shelter and to experience the rich history of this site”.

All images © Grietjie Stander, except as indicated