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Heads and tales

Hall, M 1996, 'Heads and tales' , Representations (54) , pp. 104-123.

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    On 5 September 1871 Carl Mauch, an energetic and credulous explorer of central southern Africa, was led along a "long line of tumbled down stones" to "masses of rubble and parts of walls and dense thickets"; the place that was to become known as Great Zimbabwe. In 1956 or 1957 (the record is unclear), a schoolboy exploring the veld several hundred kilometers to the south discovered the sherds of a broken terra-cotta head. The pieces, which fitted easily together, showed two heavily lidded eyes and a nose, clearly part of a human face, now known as the Lydenburg Heads.

    Item Type: Article
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
    Memory, Text and Place
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Justice Research
    Strategic Leadership Team
    Journal or Publication Title: Representations
    Publisher: University of California Press
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 0734-6018
    Depositing User: AL Sherwin
    Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2009 11:08
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:02

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