A report on a cultural heritage impact assessment for a proposed new Abattoir at Amersfoort, Mpumalanga Province


Archaetnos cc was requested by Aurecon to conduct a cultural heritage impact
assessment for a proposed new abattoir in Amersfoort. This is in the Mpumalanga

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.

All sites, objects features and structures identified were to be documented according
to the general minimum standards accepted by the archaeological profession. Coordinates of individual localities were determined by means of a Global Positioning
System (GPS). The information was added to photographs and the description in
order to facilitate the identification of each locality.

During the survey no sites of cultural heritage significance was located in the area to
be developed. 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.

Report by

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