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: Schools > No Research Centre
Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
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: 16 Feb 2022 09:05
URI: https://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/2657

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