REPORT ON THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL INVESTIGATION OF THE EASTERN REDOUBT (EAST FORT), A BRITISH MILITARY FORTIFICATION, DATING TO THE ANGLO-BOER WAR (1899-1902) (REPORT NO. V)
The director of Archaetnos, Prof AC van Vollenhoven, has been involved in archaeological research relating to the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) for almost 30 years. His research interests mainly focused on military structures and camps in Pretoria and the Kruger National Park. He also is assisting the Environmental Management Department of the City of Tshwane with the development of cultural heritage management plans for their nature reserves and resorts.
Over the last number of years more and more people has been in contact with him, indicating that they would somehow like to get involved and learn first-hand by doing archaeological excavations. This included students who are looking for practical experience in the field. For the last few years many parents have contacted him indicating that they would like their children to get involved especially as this could assist them in making a career choice.
The research on the Eastern Redoubt, sometimes called the East Fort, stems from the mentioned need. It was necessary to make use of an archaeological site easily accessible to the large cities, but also one that has the potential for sound scientific archaeological research. The East Fort is such a site.