Opening of the Bolt’s Farm palaeontological exhibition
Past Environments and Fossils at Bolt’s Farm, Cradle of Humankind
Date: 13 May 2016
Venue: Department of Anthropology & Archaeology, Museum, 4th Floor, TvW 4-160
Theo van Wijk Building, UNISA, Pretoria.
RSVP by 10 May to: Francois Coetzee
Bolt’s Farm is a multi-component palaeontological site situated in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site near Krugersdorp in Gauteng. Bolt’s Farm is of particular importance due to a high concentration of carnivore (large cats), hyena, jackal, pig and rodent fossils. This fossil record also informs on environmental change during the last 4.5 million years.
The exhibition showcases the broad scientific scope of the site and presents a concise overview of recent findings. Unisa archaeology students benefit from the project as it offers an opportunity to accrue valuable excavation experience on palaeo-sites as discussed in their study material.
Over the last few years Drs. Dominique Gommery and Frank Sénégas, both Research Fellows in the Department, have excavated several sites at Bolt’s Farm. The HOPE Project (Human Origins and Past Environments) was initiated in 2001 to formalise and promote the joint South African - French Palaeontological Collaboration started by PESA (Palaeontology Expedition to South Africa).