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Fish and other faunal remains from a Late Iron Age site on the Letaba River, Kruger National Park

Ina Plug, Paul Skelton
Koedoe | Vol 34, No 1 | a407 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v34i1.407 | © 1991 Ina Plug, Paul Skelton | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 22 September 1991 | Published: 23 September 1991

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Ina Plug, Transvaal Museum, South Africa
Paul Skelton, Transvaal Museum, South Africa

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Abstract

Fish remains from Late Iron Age sites in the Transvaal are relatively scarce. It seems as if the people did not utilize the riverine resources extensively. Therefore the unique assemblage of large numbers of fish bones on a Late Iron Age site, provides some insight into the fish population of a section of the Letaba River a few hundred years ago. The presence of other faunal remains provides some information on prehistoric utilization of the environment in general. Hunting strategies and aspects of herding can also be deduced from the faunal remains.

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prehistory, Iron Age, fish, fauna, archaeozoology, Kruger National Park, hunting, herding.

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