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Left: LiDAR image of a Class 7 style homestead in the Suikerbosrand hills. Centre: the distribution of ash heaps shows the extent of SKBR  in the western foothills of Suikerbosrand. Right: an oblique photo of a Type N homestead in the Suikerbosrand hills.

The aim of SGSWS is to elucidate the evolutionary sequence in 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 Europeans. 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.

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  • Suikerbosrand archaeology on Dutch TV A short news clip about the archaeology at Suikerbosrand and its importance for the local Bakwena community was aired on Dutch national television. It can seen at this link https ...
    Posted Nov 25, 2018, 9:06 AM by Karim Sadr
  • BBC news clip on Suikerbosrand archaeology A short news video clip concerning the archaeology in the Suikerbosrand hills and its importance for the local Bakwena community was aired on BBC. It can be seen at this ...
    Posted Nov 25, 2018, 9:03 AM by Karim Sadr
  • Podcast on Suikerbosrand Karim Sadr was recently interviewd by Gillian Godsell on various aspects of the Tswana city-state at the foot of the Suikerbosrand massif. The podcast can be heard at this ...
    Posted Jun 8, 2018, 4:18 AM by Karim Sadr
  • LiDAR and Music First Thursdays Music Performance Jonathan Crossley & Mpho Molikeng at Wits Art Museum , 3 May 2018 at 19h00. This innovative pair will ‘make audible’ LiDAR laser visual imagery of recently discovered ...
    Posted Apr 23, 2018, 5:48 AM by Karim Sadr
  • SKBR in the News A short article on the newly discovered pre-colonial Tswna city-state at Suikerbosrand (SKBR) was published in The Conversation and was picked up by several other news outlets. Links ...
    Posted Apr 23, 2018, 5:45 AM by Karim Sadr
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