A report on the 1st phase archaeological investigation of graves on various farms, impacted on by the new Goedgevonden Colliery near Ogies, Mpumalanga Province


Archaetnos cc was requested by Goedgevonden Colliery, on behalf of XStrata Coal SA, to carry out the archaeological investigation and exhumation of a number of graves older than 60 years of age, as well as a number of graves of unknown age and origin, located on various farms in the Ogies area. The graves, situated on numerous informal cemeteries on the property of Goedgevonden Colliery, are to be impacted on by opencast coal mining operations.

The project is conducted through various phases, and as a result the graves are also investigated, exhumed and relocated in different phases. This document constitutes a report on the first phase of archaeological investigation and exhumation of graves for the Goedgevonden Project. Thirty-three (33) graves, located on three grave sites, are discussed in the report. The grave sites represented are GRY 4, GRY 6 and MKA.

Report by

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