What’s on at Maropeng?

What’s on at Maropeng?

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Swartkrans walking tour
Maropeng is happy to announce that they will be hosting their popular Swartkrans Walking Tours again in October.

Swartkrans, one of the Cradle’s richest fossil sites, is usually closed to the public. But on these tours, small groups will have a rare opportunity to observe an active palaeontological dig and will be guided around the site by scientist Morris Sutton, who is currently excavating there.

Swartkrans has yielded the largest sample of Paranthropus robustus, and it is also significant for the discovery of the earliest evidence of the use of controlled fire in Southern Africa, dating back 1-million years.

Date: Saturday, 16th October

Cost: The tour costs R350 per person and includes a sumptuous picnic.

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Cooper’s Cave picnic
Maropeng and ihominin are offering budding palaeontologists a rare opportunity to explore a 1.5-million-year-old fossil site.

Cooper’s Cave, 1.2km from the famous Sterkfontein Caves near Johannesburg, is a relatively newly discovered fossil site, where several species of animals and a number of stone tools have been found.

The day’s activities include an interactive fossil and site talk, exploring a cave, a chance to look for fossils, and learning how to make stone tools.

This is a must-do for adults and children with an interest in palaeontology and archaeology. Remember to pack a hat, apply sunscreen and wear comfortable walking shoes – oh, and bring your camera!

Date: Saturday, 23rd October

Cost: The price is R350 per person and it includes a light picnic lunch. The tour will start at 09h00. This is a family event. .

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