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Peeling Away the Past: The Display of Excavations at Nelson Bay Cave

Janette Deacon and Michael Brett
The South African Archaeological Bulletin
Vol. 48, No. 158 (Dec., 1993), pp. 98-104
DOI: 10.2307/3888949
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3888949
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Peeling Away the Past: The Display of Excavations at Nelson Bay Cave
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Abstract

Nelson Bay Cave near Plettenberg Bay on the southern Cape coast was excavated in the 1960s and 1970s by Ray Inskeep and Richard Klein for its rich archaeological history of Middle and Later Stone Age occupation that dates from a few hundred to more than 125 000 years ago. By the late 1980s the site was in urgent need of conservation because the deeper sections were collapsing. The Robberg Nature Reserve and National Monuments Council collaborated to correct the problem and to set up a site museum that could be visited by the public. The methods involved construction of a brick wall, taking a peel of the section, creating waterproof displays, implementing subtle visitor controls and ensuring regular maintenance of the site.

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