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Title:The archaeology of the Dome Gorge in the Dâureb/Brandberg, Namibia: themes, content and context
Author:Gwasira, GoodmanISNI
Periodical:Journal for Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences (ISSN 2026-7215)
Geographic term:Namibia
Subjects:rock art
Abstract:In 2009, fieldwork was carried out in Dome Gorge in the Dâureb/Brandberg, Namibia, to document its rock art (paintings and engravings) with a view to its preservation. Four rock art recording techniques (site record forms, photography, sketches and tracing) were used to capture data ranging from contextual information, motifs, relief situation and specific data relating to the engravings in particular. Altogether seven different types of combinations of engravings and paintings were observed. The spatial patterning of the rock engravings was also determined to allow a quantitative analysis of the distribution and figuration of engravings. Rock art in the area is from at least three distinct periods. A total of 606 humans and 430 animals (giraffe, antelope, rhinoceros, eland, and ostrich) were documented. Other prints included footprints, handprints, spoor, and geometric art. Of the humans only 18 were determinable in terms of gender. In other cases gender may be inferred from the objects carried or interacted with: bows, arrows and quiver bags for the male hunters and round, bulky bags for collecting berries associated with female gatherers. The area also comprises settlement remains consisting of stone structures that formed the bases of huts, stone chambers or cairns and stone walls. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]