Silencing the past: historical and archaeological colonisation of the Southern San in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

  title={Silencing the past: historical and archaeological colonisation of the Southern San in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa},
  author={Michael Francis},
  journal={Anthropology Southern Africa},
  pages={106 - 116}
  • M. Francis
  • Published 1 January 2009
  • Sociology
  • Anthropology Southern Africa
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