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date: 31 January 2023

Politics of Identity in Maloti-Drakensberg Rock Art Researchlocked

Politics of Identity in Maloti-Drakensberg Rock Art Researchlocked

  • Andrew SkinnerAndrew SkinnerUniversity of the Witwatersrand


The contexts of hunter-gatherer rock arts of the southern Maloti-Drakensberg are characterized by enduring patterns of cultural acquisition and social transformation, resulting in communities with highly contextual identities and cultural possessions, but with nonlinear relationships between the two. Attempts to mitigate discontinuities between ethnographic source and interpretive subject, however, have left interpretive methodologies to represent authorship in more singular terms, to the exclusion of potential contextual sources who express identities not outwardly San, despite ancestral trajectories overlapping those of the artists. Recognition of the inheritances of the communities of the present Maloti-Drakensberg, and their transformative histories, necessitates their inclusion not only as sources, but as contributors to ethnoarchaeological process.


  • Archaeology
  • Histories of Anthropology
  • International and Indigenous Anthropology

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