Talk in Cape Town: ‘From Shipwrecks to Hand Axes’

Jul 28, 2016 No Comments by

An Introduction to South Africa’s Maritime and Underwater Cultural Heritage. A free public talk by John Gribble on Wednesday, 17th August at 5pm at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) Auditorium, Observatory Road, Observatory*

South Africa’s maritime and underwater cultural heritage is surprisingly diverse and extremely rich. Although shipwrecks are the most obvious elements of this rich heritage resource, there are a range of pre-colonial maritime heritage resources that are less well known. This talk will introduce South Africa’s maritime and underwater cultural heritage, highlight the archaeological importance of this resource, and touch on a few examples of interesting, local historical wrecks.


About the Speaker: John Gribble is the Manager of the Maritime and Underwater Cultural Heritage Unit at the South African Heritage Resources Agency. He has 20 years experience in maritime archaeology and marine historic environment management: as a maritime archaeological heritage manager and regulator in South Africa and, between 2005 and 2014, as a maritime archaeological consultant in the United Kingdom.  John’s interest in the the maritime and underwater heritage around the South African coast stems from his ongoing involvement in their management, conservation and investigation.

*Directions to SAAO Auditorium : From the N2, turn off to the M57 – Liesbeek Parkway; turning in the direction of Cape Town and continue until the traffic lights with Hartleyvale (hockey and football) on your left. Turn right at traffic lights into Observatory Road, pass the River Club; the S A Astronomical Observatory is next on the left. Once through the security gates bear left following the SALT signs to the auditorium i.e. last building on the left (white with stoep & ramp).

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