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Archaeology Collection

This collection features stone artefacts etc. from the hunter-gatherers, as well as early ceramics etc from the Basotho (mixed farming communities) that settled the area.

Iron Age 4

Iron Age 4

A sherd of pottery from the Iron Age.

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Iron Age 3

Iron Age 3

These large sherds of pottery are examples of remains that are commonly found in older settlements across Lesotho. They can often help us to understand …

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Iron Age 2

Iron Age 2

These fragments of a metal pot were found during a recent study of sites that will be impacted by the Lesotho Lowlands Water Scheme. The …

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Iron Age 1

Iron Age 1

Beautiful piece of decorated pottery from Khalo-la-botau in the eastern Free State. It is not unusual to find among older ruins broken pottery with more …

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Stone Age 7

Stone Age 7

A stone tool which was used by hunter-gatherers who lived in Lesotho long before mixed-farming communities og Nguni and Sotho arrived in the 16th century. …

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Stone Age 6

Stone Age 6

A core from which stone tools were made by Stone Age peoples in Lesotho. This type of technology became more sophisticated with time, and ever …

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Stone Age 5

Stone Age 5

A stone tool used by hunter-gatherers who knew their environment extremely well and were adept at utlising available resources. The Baroa (Bushmen or San) were …

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Stone Age 4

Stone Age 4

A sharp flint-like stone tool used for cutting.

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Stone Age 3

Stone Age 3

A partially-shaped stone tool.

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Stone Age 2

Stone Age 2

A tool from the Middle Stone Age in Lesotho, a period which ended about 20 000 years ago.

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Stone Age 1

Stone Age 1

A good example of a bevelled stone tool found in the Lowlands of Lesotho.

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Qibi

Qibi

Qibi – a rounded stone carved by the Bushmen (Baroa) in which a stick was inserted. It was used for various tasks, including for example …

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Late Stone Age Tools

Late Stone Age Tools

These are tools of the late Stone Age from Thaba Bosiu.

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Early Stone Age Axe

Early Stone Age Axe

This is an axe from the early Stone Age found at the base of Thaba Bosiu. Although no Early Stone Age sites have clearly been …

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