Report on a desktop study with regards to the cultural heritage relating to the Belcosat (Pty) Ltd prospecting right application close to Garies in the Namaqualand District, Northern Cape Province


Archaetnos cc was appointed by MSA Geoservices to do a desktop study regarding the cultural heritage of the area of the Belcosat Prospecting Right Application. This is close to the town of Garies in the Namaqualand District of the Northern Cape Province. This report gives a broad overview of the heritage of the broader area.

Sources that were used include a variety of literature sources, databases and unpublished reports. Very little is known about the heritage of the area since no research was yet done here. However it is clear that the San and Nama people roamed here and therefore it is very likely that heritage sites will be found here. Missionaries and farmers also moved into the area since the 1700’s.

The farms on which the prospecting is planned, De Klipheuvel 435, Haverland 503 and Sabies 505, dates from the mid-19th century. Buildings and graves associated with them may also be located in the study area.

Report by

Dr. A.C. van Vollenhoven (L. Akad. S.A.)
BA, BA (Hons), DTO, NDM, MA (UP), MA (US),
DPhil (UP), Man Dip (TUT), DPhil (US)