Nswatugi Cave- Matobo Hills, Nyanaga, Zimbabwe
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Axel-F
S 20° 32.177 E 028° 28.547
35K E 653857 N 7728476
Quick Description: One of the highest concentrations of rock art in Southern Africa.
Location: Zimbabwe
Date Posted: 9/20/2019 1:57:45 AM
Waymark Code: WM11B6A
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member wayfrog
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Long Description:

San (Bushmen) lived in the hills about 2,000 years ago, leaving a rich heritage in hundreds of rock paintings. There are over 3,000 registered rock art sites, with the main periods of painting being between 320 and 500 C.E.. In the many crevices and caves, clay ovens and other historic artefacts have been found, and various archaeological finds date back as far as the Pre-Middle Stone Age, around 300,000 B.P. The following major sites have been developed for tourist access:

  • Bambata Cave is also a major archaeological site,located in the west of the national park, north of the game park on the Kezi-Bulawayo road. The frieze includes elephants, giraffes, warthogs, tsessebe and mongoose.
  • Inanke Cave has the most extensive paintings, located in a remote cave accessible by a three-hour hike from Toghwana Dam. Along the route of the hike is an iron age furnace.
  • Nswatugi Cave contains beautiful friezes of giraffes, elephants and kudu. Access is from Circular Drive, west of Maleme Dam. A human skeleton was found here dating 42000 BC belonged to Middle Stone Age.
  • Pomongwe Cave, near Maleme Dam, was damaged by a preservation attempt in 1965, where linseed oil was applied to the paintings.Archaeological digs within and downslop of the cave revealed 39,032 stone tools, several hearths, with the main fire-making areas were in the centre of the cave floor. Bone fragments showed that hyrax formed a major part of the meat component of the diet of early human inhabitants of the cave, which also included tortoise and larger game animals. The oldest material on the site is probably pre-Middle Stone Age.

source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matobo_National_Park

Type of Pictograph: Rock Painting

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