A report on a cultural heritage impact assessment for the proposed Alkmaar Industrail Development, Mpumalanga ProvinceSummary
Archaetnos cc was requested by Aurecon to conduct a cultural heritage impact assessment for a proposed new industrial development at the town of Alkmaar. This is close to Nelspruit in the Mpumalanga Province.
A survey of the available literature was undertaken in order to obtain background information regarding the area. This was followed by the field survey which was conducted according to generally accepted HIA practices, aimed at locating all possible objects, sites and features of cultural significance in the area of the proposed development.
During the survey no sites of cultural heritage significance was located in the area to be developed. The entire area has been disturbed by previous agricultural activities and therefore finding no heritage sites, is no surprise. The development may therefore continue.
It should be noted however that the subterranean presence of archaeological and/or historical sites, features or artifacts is always a distinct possibility. Care should therefore be taken when the development commences that if any of these are discovered, a qualified archaeologist be called in to investigate.
Dr. A.C. van Vollenhoven (L.AKAD.SA.)