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GREAT BRAK MUSEUM APPEAL

By René de Kock There is solid evidence that man has been in Mossel Bay for the past million years. Of more interest is the past 200,000 years when modern man arrived on the scene. The archaeological discoveries at Pinnacle Point are regarded as so significant that the site has been inscribed on UNESCO’s tentative list for World Heritage status together with other sites along the South African coast. Mossel Bay envisages the development of an interpretation centre, but what about today, ‘Where can you see the early history of Mossel Bay’?  More recent events are on display at the Diaz museum which starts its story with the arrival of the rounding of the Cape of Storms in 1488 by Bartolomeo Diaz on his journey to establish an alternative passage to the East. Pinnacle Point Caves include the ‘Point of Human Origins’, Mossel Bay 100,000 to 200,000 years ago, a scenic visit in the company of a trained guide needs to be pre-booked. One needs to be somewhat fit and groups are limited to 12 people per day. One can visit the Great Brak River Museum which has the whole story of ‘Modern Man’, a prize winning display. Covering 200,000 years the story takes us back in time showing the various people who are known to have lived in the Cape up to more recent times when the Western Cape was occupied by the Khoe people. Man came close to extinction during an ice age that lasted from 195,000 to 125,000 years ago - a period during which only six or seven small parts of the continent, including the Garden Route and Eden District remained habitable. The history of 22,000 years ago is becoming more of interest as the icy weather conditions were very similar and it tells the story of another survival of man on the South African coast during a time when the sea level dropped by 130 meters and a new landmass was exposed. During these times, the day and night temperatures fell to those of bygone Greenland whilst the desert land to the north of the Outeniqua mountains had become impassable. Many varieties of game inhabited the vast exposed landmass, some of which, giraffe for instance, are no longer found in the Western Cape. The land mass exposed stretched from the lower West coast to Cape Agulhas and on to Port Elizabeth. Today a relatively new science, Ichnology, is providing us with a knowledge of what animals lived and grazed here. Ichnology is the branch of geology and biology that deals with traces of organismal behaviour, such as footprints and burrows. In the last few years over a hundred ancient ichnology sites have been found; and all this on a small strip of the coast between Still Bay and Plettenberg Bay. The Great Brak River Museum, being at its heart, will soon be able to expand the horizon on this invaluable contribution. The Great Brak River Museum requires funding to investigate the numerous avenues of exploration of these crucial subjects. Please support us and the community; make a donation to the museum. We are a Public Benefit Organization, No. 930030427, all donations are tax deductible. For more information contact the chairman, René de Kock on 083 448 1966.

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