Stone Age (Old - Middle and Late Stone Age)


Caves were used as shelters by early hominids. The oldest known habitation in Southern Africa is Wonderwerk cave. Others, used periodically over an extended period of time include Klaasies River Mouth, Elands Cave, Rose Cottage Cave and Border Cave. These caves were used periodically during all three stages of the Stone Age It is known that the Late Stone Age Hunter-gatherers used temporary Shrub-and-lath shelters but how far back this technology stretches is unknown due to the temporary nature of the materials used. (See Hunter-Gatherer) Aggregation sites associated with the Late Stone Age where annual/seasonal ritual practices were held show, worked in the rock face, totemic/geometric patterns and symbols the precise meanings of which are still open to interpretation and conjecture.

Buildings on this website in Stone Age (Old - Middle and Late Stone Age) style