The archaeological investigation and exhumation of graves on the farm Goedehoop 315 JS, Middelburg district, Mpumalanga Province


Archaetnos cc was contracted by Zenzele Funeral Home cc, Witbank, on behalf of Middelburg Mining Services, to assist with the investigation and exhumation of a number of unknown graves, and graves older than 60 years of age (50 in total), located in a cemetery containing around 125 graves on the farm Goedehoop 315 JS in the Middelburg District, Mpumalanga Province. The expansion of the Goedehoop Collieries, part of Middelburg Mine Service Operations, is being undertaken in this area, and the graves will be directly impacted upon by the mining operations.

This report represents the detailed documentation of each burial investigated by the archaeologists during the exhumation and relocation of these graves. The development can therefore continue.

Report by

A. Pelser, A. van Vollenhoven & J. van der Walt