An archaeological & historical desktop study for
proposed mining prospecting on various portions of the farm Stein Coal Spruit 1171,
Emnabithi (Ladysmith) District, Kwazulu Natal
Archaetnos cc was requested by Exclusive Access Trading (Pty) Ltd to conduct a Archaeological and Historical (Heritage) Desktop Study for proposed mining prospecting (drilling) on various portions of the farm Stein Coal Spruit 1171 GS, in the Emnambithi Magisterial District of Kwazulu Natal. The aims were to determine if there are any archaeological and historical sites, features and object in the area that need be taken into consideration when prospecting work commences.
Various sources were consulted for the desktop study. From this it is clear that there are a number of known heritage resources in the larger geographical area, as well as some sites within the boundaries of the prospecting area. It is also envisaged that a number of previously unknown sites might exist here.
A number of recommendations are put forward at the end of this report. If these are implemented, from a Cultural Heritage point of view, there would be no objection to the proposed mining exploration.