A preliminary report on the location, investigation and documentation of Heritage Sites related to the Ga-Chatleka and Mmaegangwe Land Claims in the Soutpansberg area of the Limpopo Province


Archaetnos cc was approached by the Laywers for Human Rights to assist in the location, investigation and documentation of cultural (heritage) sites linked to the Ga-Chatleka and Mmaegangwe, both groups belonging to the BoTlokwa. These sites, located on various farms in the area, are related to two land claim cases, LCC 03/05 and LCC 04/05.

The preliminary location, investigation and documentation of cultural heritage sites related to these cases, was conducted successfully. A number of sites linked to their history was visited and recorded, some of which are also known through oral records. However, more in depth fieldwork and historical research (i.e. archival and literary work) is needed to identify and interpret these sites, and others not located and recorded as yet, correctly and in more detail. This needs to be done in order to reconstruct and interpret Ga-Chatleka and Mmaegangwe history, to place it in a larger geographical and cultural historical context and to verify oral histories linked to the groups and the sites related with them.

Report by

A.Pelser ? Archaeologist: Archaetnos cc