BUSHMAN ROCK SHELTER, SOUTH AFRICA

The Bushman Rock Shelter (BRS) site is located in the district of Ohrigstad, Limpopo, South Africa, in the North of the Drakensberg range. Excavated in the 70’s by the team of Hannes Eloff from University of Pretoria, BRS revealed archaeological strata dating from Middle and Later Stone Age. The mineral and organic remains, perfectly preserved over 7 meters deep, are key indicators for tracking the changes in the hunter-gatherers populations spanning the last 200,000 years. This is precisely during this period that the first societies of anatomically modern humans appeared and transformed on African continent.

The scientific project, led by Guillaume Porraz (CNRS, Paris) in close collaboration with Dr. Aurore Val (Humboldt Fellow, Univ. Tubingen), is part of a long-term strategy of collaborative research and joint publications.