Looking at first-millennium agriculturist ceramic sculpture of the South African eastern seaboard region

03 Jul 2009

Southern Africa’s eastern seaboard region abounds in First-Millennium Agriculturist ceramic artefacts. Archaeological records are beginning to show that amongst predominantly utilityware prehistoric ceramics are many freely sculpted works that include fragments of engraved human figurines. Such sculptures offer intriguing palimpsests of deep past southern African lifeways, and in this paper such artefacts are discussed and some interpretations of possible social significances are explored.