Khoekhoe Pot

Category
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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