THE ROLE OF STEINAECKER’S HORSE IN THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
Anton van Vollenhoven and Annie van de Venter-Radford
Archaetnos, Amafa/Heritage KwaZulu-Natal

 

Abstract
Steinaecker’s Horse was a volunteer unit who fought on the side of the British during the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902). They operated in the Lowveld and in Swaziland with the main aim of preventing the Boers from making contact with supporters in Mozambique. Although they were not engaged in much fighting, they established a number of outposts for this purpose. The Steinaecker’s Horse research project was launched in 1997. The different outposts manned by this unit in the Kruger National Park are being investigated by archaeological means. In this presentation some of these are discussed with the focus on those that have already been excavated. Through the research more is learned about the lifestyle and every day circumstances of the soldiers as well as their interaction with the local people. The information is obtained from archaeological artefacts excavated at the sites. Examples of these will be shown in the presentation.

 

Presentation Topic
THE ROLE OF STEINAECKER’S HORSE IN THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
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