Cape Of Storms Or Cape Of Good Hope? The Development Of Maritime Archaeological Research In South Africa And Prospects For The Future
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Cape of Storms or Cape of Good Hope? The development of maritime archaeoIogica1 research in South Africa and prospects for the future B.E.J.S. Werz Southern AJi.ican Institute of Maritime Archaeology (SAIM) 6 Department of Historical and Heritage Studies, University of Pretoria, South Afi.ica Abstract This paper provides a brief overview of the maritime cultural heritage of South Africa and some of the constraints that have characterized the development of maritime archaeology in the country. From this more general frame of reference, attention will focus on one specific geographical region. For thousands of years, the Table Bay area has been a meeting point for indigenous people, but during the last 500 years also for others. Besides that, the development of maritime archaeological research since the late 1980s has been concentrating on this region. In the second section, an indication is given of the archaeological potential of Table Bay. From there, attention focuses on four case studies.