The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Tues­day, Novem­ber 14, 1967 — Sev­eral old African graves have been dis­cov­ered by work­ers dig­ging a wa­ter pipe trench for a hous­ing scheme in Malin­dela.

The find was made yes­ter­day near the Bu­l­awayo Golf Course, off Fair­bridge Way. So far eight graves have been un­cov­ered, re­veal­ing the re­mains of hu­man bones and sev­eral pieces of pot­tery. There are signs of many more graves.

Mr Roger Sum­mers, keeper of an­tiq­ui­ties at the Na­tional Mu­seum, vis­ited the site of the dis­cov­ery yes­ter­day. He ex­am­ined the graves and the re­mains and took some bones and pot­tery to the mu­seum.

He said: “It is much too soon to es­ti­mate how old the bones are. I have ar­ranged to make fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions of the site.”

An ex­pert at the site said it was very dif­fi­cult to say how old the graves were with­out tests, but they could be any­thing up to 250 years old. Some of the bones were ob­vi­ously adult re­mains, while there were smaller ones in­di­cat­ing that chil­dren were also buried there.

It was pos­si­ble, he said, that the ceme­tery had been next to the site of a kraal.

On some of the bro­ken pieces of pot­tery a def­i­nite de­sign could be seen, con­sist­ing of sev­eral wavy par­al­lel lines. Some of the graves were only 18 inches be­low the sur­face, while oth­ers were two to four feet deep.

Parts of leg bones, knee joints and arm bones were most prom­i­nent in the finds. One or two ver­te­brae had also been un­earthed.

The pot­tery finds were mostly bro­ken pieces of round pots.

Ald Jack Pain, chair­man of the Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil’s Town Lands Com­mit­tee, said the find was “most in­ter­est­ing.”

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