Bokoni of Mpumalanga DOI (10.13140RG.2.2.29903.94884) - Bokoni of Mpumalanga Author WA de Klerk(April 2019 I would like to discuss a topic very

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Bokoni of Mpumalanga Author: WA de Klerk (April 2019) I would like to discuss a topic very close to my heart. One which my dad has been interested in for some time and researched extensively. That is the stone circles found in Mpumalanga. Most of the mountains and hills of Mpumalanga have stone circles on them and extensive road networks joining the to one another. This has long been thought of as just homes of the local Bantu peoples and their cattle kraals. They were therefore dismissed as being of any real value or importance archaeologically. However, it has since been proven by means of extensive investigation and discovery of artefacts, rock art and satellite and aerial imagery, that these people, the Bokoni or Koni people were much more advanced. They were farmers, forgers of weapons and tools, miners and traders. The smelting of iron and copper and forging of weapons and tools from iron ore and mixing this with charcoal and fluxes to get steel takes a very specialized skillset, even some form of chemistry to get the mixture right for the steel to be strong enough to be of use. This later developed into a specialty performed by only

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