Teaching school kids about HARP’s work

Justin Pentz, a student who is about to complete his Masters study on stone tools from Little Muck Shelter, recently introduced school children in Pretoria aged six to thirteen and staff to his research.

Justin hosted a brief chat and introductory session discussing aspects of the study we are carrying out and his own research. He began with a show and tell for the students and followed that up with a slide show filled with interesting pictures of fieldwork and the stone tools he has examined. He also spoke more broadly of the region’s archaeology and showed the onlookers some of the wonderful rock art that can be found in the middle Limpopo Valley.

The children were given a chance to ask questions about archaeology, which they had a few. Most were about the armed ranger in the images and the dangerous wild animals that may have been encountered during fieldwork.

Justin then asked the students to produce their own ‘rock art’ on pages or the outside chalkboard. He asked that they think about what they would like to be left behind for future generations and how this should be interpreted.

We are a very passionate group and hearing about Justin presenting archaeology to young scholars and getting them to engage in such an interesting and interactive way is fantastic. Thanks, Justin for doing such a great job!

Giraffe in production
A wonderfully drawn giraffe, which is a common rock painting in northern South Africa.
Handprints are not uncommon in many parts of southern Africa and we quite like them (check out our logo).