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The last 500 years in southern Africa represent a strikingly unexplored and misrepresented period which remains disfigured by colonial/apartheid assumptions, most notably in the way that African societies are depicted as fixed, passive, isolated, un-enterprising and unenlightened. This period is one the most formative in relation to southern Africa’s past while remaining, in many ways, the least known. Key cultural contours of the sub-continent took shape, while in a jagged and uneven fashion some of the features of modern identities emerged. Enormous internal economic innovation and political experimentation was taking place at the same time as expanding European mercantile forces started to press upon southern African shores and its hinterlands. This suggests that interaction, flux and mixing were a strong feature of the period, rather than the homogeneity and fixity proposed in standard historical and archaeological writings. Five Hundred Years Rediscovered represents the first step, taken by a group of archaeologists and historians, to collectively reframe, revitalise and re-examine the last 500 years. By integrating research and developing trans-frontier research networks, the group hopes to challenge thinking about the region’s expanding internal and colonial frontiers, and to broaden current perceptions about southern Africa’s colonial past
Acerca de Mark Anderson

University of Northern Colorado reference librarian Mark Anderson and head of archival services Jay Trask selected these vintage images from the rich collection of photographs, lantern slides, negatives, and other graphic material housed in the University Libraries Archival Services Department to illustrate UNC's fascinating and diverse heritage.

Acerca de Neil Parsons

Neil Parsons is a freealance writer and former co-editor of the Journal of Southern African Studies.

Acerca de John Wright

John Wright is a historian and Senior Researcher in the Rock Art Research Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Acerca de Simon Hall

Simon Hall is an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Archaeology at UCT.

Acerca de Amanda Esterhuysen

Amanda Esterhuysen is Associate Professor in the School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Acerca de Peter Delius

Peter Delius is Professor of History at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Acerca de Tim Maggs

Tim Maggs is an archaeologist and was head of the Archaeology Department at the KwaZulu-Natal Museum from its inception in 1972.

Acerca de Phil Bonner

Phil Bonner was Professor of History at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, where he held the National Research Foundation (NRF) Chair in Local Histories and Present Realities.

Acerca de Natalie Swanepoel

Natalie Swanepoel is an archaeologist at the University of South Africa, Pretoria.


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