Report on a desktop study with regards to the cultural heritage relating to a prospecting right application for Avontuur, 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 on the different farms called the Avontuur project. This is for a 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 wider geographical area.
Sources that were used include a variety of archival documents, literature sources, databases and unpublished reports.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 linked to these people may be found here.
Missionaries and farmers also moved into the area since the 1700’s. Buildings and graves associated with these people therefore may also be located in the study area.

Report by

Dr. A.C. van Vollenhoven (L.AKAD.SA.)