My visit to the Pilanesberg National Park

Posted on April 23, 2012


I recently went to the Pilanesberg National Park and stopped by an Iron Age site within the park boundaries. The Pilanesberg region dates to around 1250 mya with several archaeological sites dating to the Iron Age in the region (L’Abbé, Coetzee, Loots 2008:  28).

Here we can see where you turn off to the archaeological site, as well as a helpful board that describes the site and its previous occupants.

We can see the remains of a Central Cattle Pattern (CCP) here as well as throughout South African history (Mitchell 2002:  282). Livestock is kept in the central byre and the settlements are arranged around them (Mitchell 2002:  279). – More detail about the CCP will be provided in a later post.

The Pilanesberg National Park was a truly beautiful place to visit and the Iron Age site the icing on the cake. Be sure to have a look at their website:


L’Abbé, E.N., Coetzee, F.P., Loots, M. 2008. A Description of Iron Age Skeletons from the Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa. The South African Archaeological Bulletin , Vol. 63, No. 187 (Jun., 2008), pp. 28-36

Mitchell, P. 2002. The Archaeology of Southern Africa. Cambridge University Press, 279-282