The Dating of the gold graves from Mapungubwe Hill

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dc.contributor.upauthor Tiley-Nel, Sian 2014-11-21T09:10:44Z 2014-11-21T09:10:44Z 2009
dc.description.abstract This paper presents direct dating evidence for the manufacture of some of the gold artefacts from the Iron Age archaeological site of Mapungubwe Hill (South Africa). The results confirm that the artefacts are contemporaneous with the occupation of the site and are the product of a mature indigenous metalworking tradition. The Mapungubwe Hill gold artefacts were manufactured at a time when a substantial reorganisation of society led to the separation of royals and commoners and a change in the role of cattle as a form of wealth. These changes are clearly manifest in the use of gold. Whereas gold had previously been traded with the East coast, it became symbolic of power, wealth and status at Mapungubwe Hill. en_US
dc.description.librarian ab2014 en_US
dc.format.extent 7 pages : color photos en_US
dc.format.medium PDF en_US
dc.identifier.citation Woodbourne. S, Pienaar. M. & Tiley-Nel. S. 2009. The Dating of the gold graves from Mapungubwe Hill. Journal of African Archaeology 7(1):95-101. en_US
dc.identifier.other 10.3213/1612-1651-10122
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Journal of African Archaeology en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries 7 (2) en_US
dc.rights © Africa Magna Verlag, Frankfurt M. en_US
dc.subject Indigenous gold en_US
dc.subject Southern Africa en_US
dc.subject Radiocarbon dating en_US
dc.subject Mapungubwe en_US
dc.title The Dating of the gold graves from Mapungubwe Hill en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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