Khoekhoe Pot

Early South African History
About This Project

The Khoekhoe (Hottentots) were pastoralists who once lived throughout the Northern, Eastern and Western Cape provinces. They were originally indigenous hunter-gatherers who changed economies when they acquired domestic stock, first flat-tailed sheep and then long-horned cattle. By AD 1000 they were full pastoralists, moving their animals to new pastures on a regular basis.


Bag-shaped pottery with lugs and pointed base suited this mobility. Khoekhoe pastoralism disappeared through the spread of European colonialism.


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