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The South African Stone Age in the Collections of the British Museum: Content, History and Significance
Peter J. Mitchell
The South African Archaeological Bulletin
Vol. 53, No. 167 (Jun., 1998), pp. 26-36
Published by: South African Archaeological Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3889259
Page Count: 11
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The British Museum has the largest collection of stone artefacts from southern Africa in Britain. Analysis of the South African component of these collections shows that Middle Stone Age artefacts are more common than Earlier or Later Stone Age ones and that the Northern Cape is the best represented province. The dates of acquisition show two main peaks in the 1880s and in the 1930s, and a drop off after the 1940s when South Africa introduced legislation against the export of antiquities. Insights into the early development of archaeology in South Africa are provided by analyses of the occupations of individual collectors and the journals in which they chose to publish their work.
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