Historical Archaeology Research Group (HARG) was established
within the Department of Archaeology in 1987 to bring together
archaeologists and other researchers actively interested in the
history of the last six hundred years, and to introduce the
sub-discipline of historical archaeology to UCT.
HARG acts as an umbrella group for people from a range of
disciplines, and offers a home for visiting historical
archaeologists, a network of contacts, a resource centre and a
laboratory. We have
produced informal newsletters (Martevaan and Crossmend)
and research guides (see below).
members based in the Department are Jane
Klose, Yvonne Brink and Antonia
Malan. As well as
our academic roles as research associates in the Department, we
analyse and curate excavated artifacts, develop comparative /
teaching collections, teach specialist courses, and run seminars
and workshops. Martin
Hall became the first professor of historical archaeology and
ran the Research Unit for the Archaeology of Cape Town.
Margot Winer and Carmel Schrire are visiting research
close association with the Archaeology
Contracts Office, HARG has become well known in the western
Cape for its contribution to local cultural heritage research,
consultancy and conservation management.
Of particular concern has been the need to bridge the gap
between theory and practice, authorities and the public.
In 2000 the Cultural Sites & Resources Forum (see
below) was set up to provide a forum for debate and resolution of
issues around the identification and conservation of sacred sites,
particularly Muslim burial grounds.
HARG also played an active role in founding the
inter-disciplinary Association of Heritage Assessment
Practitioners: W.Cape (firstname.lastname@example.org)
and contributes to a training course Architectural & Urban
J. 2007. "Identifying Ceramics: An introduction to the
analysis and interpretation of ceramics excavated from 17th to
20th century archaeological sites and shipwrecks in the
This second edition of HARG Handbook no.1 (Ceramics at the Cape,
1999) is only available on CD. The original text has been
substantially updated and is accompanied by over 500 specially
produced colour illustrations, a Glossary of terms and a prototype
Identification Table. General enquiries and SA orders (ZAR 250) to
Overseas orders (GBP 20) to email@example.com.
S., “Architectural history in Cape Town and its hinterland: an
annotated bibliography”. HARG
Resource Book 2, January 2000.
A. “Glossary of objects and words used in eighteenth and early
nineteenth century Cape inventories”, HARG Resource Book,
A. & S. Harris, “Archives
& Archaeology: a guide to source material for researching
colonial Cape Town households”.
HARG Handbook No.2, May 1999.
of Estate Papers at the Cape - http://www.capetranscripts.co.za
Architecture Society of SA – http://www.vassa.org.za
Society for Historical Archaeology (USA) – www.sha.org
for Post Medieval Archaeology (UK) – www.spma.org.uk
Society for Historical Archaeology – www.asha.org.au