A San rock art site near the town of Wepener (Free State Province, South Africa) is considered by local inhabitants to depict specific historical events of the nineteenth century. This chapter describes the paintings and—using ethnographic evidence—dispels romantic myths: the site is not a mere “narrative” of actual events but rather a manifestation of the cosmological belief systems of the San.
|Title of host publication||Rock Art and Sacred Landscapes|
|Editors||Donna L. Gillette, Mavis Greer, Michele Helene Hayward, William Breen Murray|
|Place of Publication||New York|
|Number of pages||13|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
|Name||One World Archaeology|
Hampson, J. G. (2014). Conflict on the frontier: San rock art, spirituality, and historical narrative in the Free State Province, South Africa. In D. L. Gillette, M. Greer, M. H. Hayward, & W. B. Murray (Eds.), Rock Art and Sacred Landscapes (pp. 103-115). (One World Archaeology; Vol. 8). New York: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8406-6_7