Kruger Cave is a Later Stone Age site in the western Magaliesberg originally excavated by Revil Mason and his team but never backfilled or stabilised. It is currently the subject of rehabilitation work to try to preserve what remains of its rich archaeological deposit. Kruger Cave was first occupied around 10 000 years ago and saw intermittent occupation until the first agricultural settlers in the area drove out the indigenous hunter-gatherers. Kruger Cave is one of the few Stone Age sites in South Africa that is currently inhabited. The current occupation poses some interesting challenges to rehabilitation and how we think about heritage management in the South African context.

Bio: Dr Bradfield is Associate Professor of archaeology at the Palaeo-Research Institute, University of Johannesburg, and Field Reports editor at the South African Archaeological Bulletin. He specialises in use-trace analysis of bone tools and runs the NRF-funded Worked Bone Research Programme. He is the official liaison to the International Council of Archaeozoologists and is the convener of the 14th Meeting of the Worked Bone Research Group which will be hosted by the University of Johannesburg later in the year. This will be the first time the meeting is held on the African continent and the first time in the Southern Hemisphere.

 
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