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From the past

KABITA ROY

South Africa's rich archaeological and paleonthological heritage is recognised throughout the world. In June, 1998, delegates from the International Association for the Study of Human Paleontology (study of extinct organisms) and from the International Association of Human Biologists gathered in South Africa for a dual congress hosted by Johannesburg and Pretoria - the two main cities of South Africa.To celebrate this event the South African Post Office issued a set of ten postage stamps and two commemorative covers.

The stamps depict the major remains and artifacts: an early Stone Age hand-axe, a Musuku (ceremonial copper object), rock engravings, an early Iron Age pot from the Natal Museum, the Florisbad skull, San rock art from the South African Museum, the N Mapungubwe gold, the Lydenburg head, the Taung child and a Khoekhoe pot.

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