Excavating archives at Oudepost 1, cape

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Abstract

Read together, archival sources and archaeological data reveal more than either source standing alone. In this paper, we present the results of research at Oudepost I, a seventeenth/eighteenth century outpost on the Cape west coast. Here, a small garrison of Dutch East India Company soldiers guarded the Company’s interests, particularly in the stock trade. Archaeological and documentary records agree on most details of daily life - with one major exception. Faunal analysis of excavated samples shows that a large proportion of the garrison’s diet was from wild species. This provides a new dimension to understanding colonial impact on the frontier: the effect of Dutch hunting and foraging on the ecological niche of Khoikhoi herder-foragers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-21
Number of pages11
JournalSocial Dynamics
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1990

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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