Architectural traditions of Mapungubwe and Bambandyanalo (K2)

Show simple item record Meyer, Andrie Cloete, C.E. (Christiaan Ernst) 2010-08-31T07:34:43Z 2010-08-31T07:34:43Z 2010-07
dc.description.abstract This article is concerned with the identification of culturally significant architectural structures and features on the archaeological sites Mapungubwe and K2, two 11th to 13th century AD African capitals in the current Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape World Heritage Site in the Limpopo Province, South Africa. The objective of the article is to identify the typical architectural structures and features of the two sites, based on the original archaeological field research reports of the University of Pretoria (UP) as a primary source of information, for the purposes of architectural reconstruction and educational presentation. The archaeological field reports in the Mapungubwe Archive at UP are briefly reviewed as primary sources of information. Previous archaeological research of the University on Mapungubwe and K2 since 1933 resulted in the establishment of the Mapungubwe Museum and Archive at UP in 2000 where the field records are kept, and in the current reconstruction, interpretation and presentation of the architecture of Mapungubwe and K2 for the educational displays of the Museum. Observed remains of architectural structures and features on Mapungubwe include single free-standing stonewalls; terrace stonewalls, some of which are constructed with steps; stone platforms; stone mortar blocks and mortar hollows on exposed sandstone surfaces; circular stone structures; sets of game-hollows in rock surfaces; and on both sites the remains of circular pole and daub structures varying from small granaries to larger veranda type structures; as well as evidence of palisades and stockade type kraal structures. These architectural structures and features will be reconstructed and their cultural significance explained with the application of transdisciplinary methodology in further research. en_US
dc.identifier.citation Meyer, A & Cloete, CE 2010, 'Architectural traditions of Mapungubwe and Bambandyanalo (K2)', Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 241 - 270. [] en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1817-4434
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Vaal Triangle Faculty of Northwest University in South Africa en_US
dc.rights Vaal Triangle Faculty of Northwest University in South Africa en_US
dc.subject African en_US
dc.subject Architecture en_US
dc.subject Bahananwa en_US
dc.subject Circular pole and daub structures en_US
dc.subject Cone on cylinder en_US
dc.subject Granary en_US
dc.subject K2 en_US
dc.subject Limpopo en_US
dc.subject Maleboho en_US
dc.subject Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape en_US
dc.subject World Heritage Site en_US
dc.subject Mapungubwe Hill en_US
dc.subject Mapungubwe Museum en_US
dc.subject Mortar block en_US
dc.subject Rondavel en_US
dc.subject Southern Terrace en_US
dc.subject Stonewall en_US
dc.subject Terrace en_US
dc.subject Tshivhase en_US
dc.subject Verandah hut en_US
dc.subject Vhavenda en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mapungubwe Site (South Africa) -- Antiquities en
dc.subject.lcsh World Heritage areas -- South Africa en
dc.subject.lcsh Architecture -- South Africa -- Mapungubwe -- History en
dc.subject.lcsh Architecture and society -- South Africa -- Mapungubwe -- History en
dc.subject.lcsh Venda (African people) -- Dwellings en
dc.title Architectural traditions of Mapungubwe and Bambandyanalo (K2) en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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