A Cultural Heritage

South Africa has without doubt one of the finest collections of rock paintings in the world. This is true not only in terms of  the thousands of sites scattered around the country, but also in terms of the rich and detailed subject matter contained in the paintings. This painting tradition, spanning more than 26 000 years, depicts the spiritual and ritual experiences, as well as certain day to day activities of the indigenous hunter-gatherer (bushman) communities. Two major threats to this art legacy are natural weathering and desecration by people.

Preserving This Heritage

Artist and conservationist Stephen Townley Bassett is doing all he can to record and preserve rock paintings in Southern Africa. One of Stephen's recent commissions was the recording of rock paintings on the beautiful Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve in the Cederberg.

This website tells you more about how Stephen records rock art and is involved in its conservation.