“Through the veil”: Science unveils mysteries of San rock paintings in the Drakensberg and in Botswana
A public lecture by Adelphine Bonneau
Thursday 6 December 2018
18.00 for 18.30 | Origins Centre Museum
Wits University, West Campus, Corner of Yale Road & Enoch Sontonga Ave, Johannesburg
The Later Stone Age rock art of southern Africa is one of the best understood traditions of rock art in the world. In contrast, little is understood of how the paint itself was made or what it was made from, while the age of these paintings also remained mostly unknown until now. As part of an international project, scientists used chemistry, geology and materials sciences to unveil some of San rock painting mysteries. In more than 40 sites in the Drakensberg and in Botswana, the secrets of the creation of paintings were revealed as well as their age. This talk will present those discoveries and introduce the science background behind them.
Adelphine Bonneau (University of Oxford)
Adelphine Bonneau’s research is supported by the Banting postdoctoral fellowship of the Governement of Canada and IFAS-Recherche.