Gansbaai Midden Inspection

Land Parcel Type: 

Erf/Farm No.: 

3 819

Ptn No.: 


HWC file No.: 


Street Address: 

South of Gansbaai


Nature of Application: 

Archaeological permit excavation

Date of Site Visit: 

Thursday, 26 March 2015

HWC Representatives: 

Guy Thomas, APM: M Leslie, J Orton, L Webley

Met on Site By: 

Dr R Rust, Dr L Van Pletzen-Vos

Reasons for Site Inspection: 

A permit was issued to the Pro-Active Archaeological team to undertake mitigation work on the property. A report was submitted that did not meet the requirements of reporting. the site inspection was called for by the APM committee at the previous meeting of 4 March 2015

Findings of Site Inspection: 

The HWC representatives met the Pro-active representatives on site. The site consists of a dune field with coastal fynbos covering much of the surface. The site has been highly disturbed, with a large portion of the site having been destroyed due to earth moving. The evidence of this can be seen in several mounds of material that has been redeposited on the northern side of the site. An area of dune is still intact with a layer of modern aeolian dune sand lying on top of a clear shell layer, with sparse in situ material in a grey matrix below this. The clear shell layer is likely a lag deposit on the top of the previous surface. The area is notable in the amount of stone that is found in the site. This can be seen in the talus slope, where many cobbles, and a few lower grind stones are visible. It is likely that the talus slope is a combination of erosion, as well as the results of a deflation process, where a lot of the deposit bearing matrix has been removed and the surface that is now visible is the total material from a couple of meters. it may be that the mjority of the site has ben destroyed through earth moving in the past.

Which committee should this report be submitted to?: