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    New archaeological project will expand our understanding of human evolution in the Magaliesberg

    Archaeologists from the University of Johannesburg, Dr Matthew Caruana, Dr Matt Lotter and Principal Investigator Professor Marlize Lombard, have initiated a comprehensive study of the Magaliesberg Stone Age landscape. In a series of integrated research projects they will test whether the unique Magaliesberg geomorphology, geology and hydrology provided a refuge for human ancestors and other mammals to evolve into their modern forms.  The project, called Hu-MAP (short for Humans of the Magaliesberg Archaeological Project) will broaden the scope of evolutionary research from the current narrow focus on the caves in the Cradle of Humankind onto the wider landscape of the Magaliesberg Biosphere Reserve as a whole. Hu-MAP will use the most…

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    Vincent Curruthers wrote this touching OBITUARY for Professor Revil Mason who died this week a year ago (1929-2020)

    OBITUARYProfessor Revil Mason 1929-2020. With the sad death of Professor Revil Mason on Sunday 23rd August 2020, South Africa lost the last member of a generation scholars that included such other luminaries as C. van Riet Lowe, Guy Gardiner, Raymond Dart, Phillip Tobias, James Kitching who, during the mid and late-twentieth century, transformed our understanding of pre-colonial Africa. Revil’s life work traversed vast regions of the subcontinent and revealed thousands of years of the ancient past including his pioneering work on the rich archaeological history of what is now the Magaliesberg Biosphere Reserve. He was among the first to excavate Iron Age and Stone Age sites at Olifantspoort, Kruger Cave,…

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