A report on an archaeological and built environment heritage impact assessment for proposed chicken houses on the farm Kopermyn 435 JS and Kwaggafontein 460 JS, close to Middelburg, Mpumalanga Province
Archaetnos cc was requested by Clean Stream Environmental to conduct an
archaeological and built environment impact assessment for the development of
chicken houses on the farm Kopermyn 435 JS and Kwaggafontein 460 JS. This is
close to the town of Middelburg 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 AIA practices, aimed at locating all
possible objects, sites and features of cultural significance in the area of the
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 were located. The
proposed development may therefore proceed.
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 further that if any of these are
discovered, a qualified archaeologist be called in to investigate.
It is also important to take cognizance that it is the client’s responsibility to do the
submission of this report via the SAHRIS System on the SAHRA website. No work
on site may commence before receiving the necessary comments from SAHRA.
Dr. A.C. van Vollenhoven (L.AKAD.SA.)