A report on the archaeological investigation and exhumation of Iron Age burials found during the construction of the new Klipgat police station in Garankuwa, Hammanskraal Distirct, Northwest Province


Archaetnos cc was initially approached by the SAPS regarding the discovery of 3 unidentified burials at the site of the new Klipgat Police Station in GaRankuwa. The architects responsible for the construction, in conjunction with the Department of Public Works (DPW) then appointed the team conduct the excavation and remova of the remains from the site.

The archaeological investigation of the burials at the site commenced during early June 2008, after a rescue permit was obtained from SAHRA and a site visit was conducted by the Burial Committee of SAHRA. The remains were then taken to WITS Archaeology for expert analysis, before the remains was reburied at the site. Besides the human skeletal remains, some other cultural material, mostly pottery, was recovered during the work.

We believe that the work conducted, and the data retrieved through it, by the project team during June 2008 is adequate enough to enable us to make the necessary deductions and reconstructions. The work is therefore deemed as being successfully completed.

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