In the Suikerbosrand hills.

The aim of the Southern Gauteng Stone-Walled Structures (SGSWS) project is to shed light on the social, economic and political organization of the inhabitants of the landscape between the Witwatersrand ridge and the River Vaal before the arrival of the first European settlers. Since 2010 Google Earth satellite imagery of the entire southern half of Gauteng Province in South Africa, from the southern edge of Johannesburg to the River Vaal, has been closely examined and around 5,000 pre-colonial stone-walled ruins have been flagged and classified in the 9,000 sq km study area. All the ruins date to the past 500 years. The progress of the project, funded by the South African National Research Foundation and the University of the Witwatersrand, is reported on this website.


  • Fieldwork 2020 It looks like Covid will prevent any fieldwork this year and the activities of SGSWS are restricted to preparation of theses and publication of a few papers (see Documents & Publications
    Posted Aug 14, 2020, 10:00 AM by Karim Sadr
  • Bakwena community participate in deciphering their archaeological heritage On the 11th of December, Prof Karim Sadr hosted a workshop for members of the Bakwena community in Johannesburg. The workshop was held at the Origins Centre and was ...
    Posted Dec 12, 2019, 2:30 AM by Karim Sadr
  • TEDx Johannesburg presentaion In late 2018 Karim Sadr gave a short presentation about Kweneng at TEDx in Johannesburg. The video of the presentation is now online and can be seen at https://youtu ...
    Posted Sep 27, 2019, 4:19 AM by Karim Sadr
  • Public Lecture at the Africa Studies Centre, University of Leiden Karim Sadr's lecture on Kweneng at the ASC , Leiden, was filmed and can be seen here.
    Posted Mar 15, 2019, 2:06 AM by Karim Sadr
  • Radio 702 Interview on the Azania Mosaka show Recently Karim Sadr was interviewed on Radio 702 by Azania Mosaka about the ancient city of Kweneng. You can hear the podcast of the interview at this link https://omny ...
    Posted Jan 15, 2019, 7:34 AM by Karim Sadr
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