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Title:Sheep and sheep-herders in South Africa
Author:Willcox, A.R.
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Geographic term:South Africa
rock art
External links:https://www.jstor.org/stable/1158050
Abstract:In 'Evidence of Human Migrations from the Rock Art of Southern Rhodesia' (Africa vol. XXV, no. 3, 1965) C.K. Cooke discusses the questions of the introduction of sheep into Africa and their arrival in southern Africa. Cooke adduced evidence from linguistics, rock art, and the distribution of sheep figurines to show that a sheepherding people, probably to be identified with the historical Hottentots, passed across Southern Rhodesia from north-east to south-west, westwards across Bechuanaland to South-west Africa, and thence south wards to the Cape. Cooke is cautions about suggesting dates but considers the first few centuries of this era as possibly the period of the sheep-herders movement through Rhodesia. The purpose of the present paper is to examine the evidence from early records and rock art bearing upon the pre-European introduction of sheep into the Republic of South Africa and the dentity of the herders, chiefly with a view to dating rock paintings and petroglyphs of these animals. References; figures; french summary.