 ESSAY COMPETITION

 

COMPETITION for LEARNERS in GRADE 5

                                              1st TERM

     – MAKE THE SYLLABUS COME ALIVE!

  

WRITE ABOUT “A DAY IN MY LIFE AT SIBUDU CAVE – 77,000 YEARS AGO”

 

[PRIZES: Prizes are beng negotiated with sponsors, and may include  a trip  for winners with their parents or teachers to see the site, handle Sibudu artefacts dug up there, meet and chat to archaeologists.  They will also be given free membership to Friends of Sibudu Junior Association]

 

Write a maximum 500 words. Hand-drawn original drawings may be included, no copies or tracings.

                  Watch our 9 minute film about early humans on Vimeo

                  See the photos of the finds at Sibudu, and sketches of hunter-gatherers

 

From this, can you see what your life would have been? For example:

                      What did you wear?

                      What did you eat?

                      How did you cook food?

  • So how did the Sibudu hunter-gatherers manage daily life without any metal, ceramic (“china”), paper or plastic objects?  
  • How did they survive without growing any food and with no domestic animals?
  • Now write about a day in your life at the cave.

 

Closing Date March 21.  Submit by notifying sibudu7@gmail.com that a submisison is ready and you will told where to drop it off. Or you many scan the pages and send them digitally.

                               

Further resources for teachers and parents:

 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

 Some of the earliest fossil-tools ever found came from the Sibudu cave on the Thongathi (Tongaat) River near Ballito. Those already found include the oldest arrowhead in the world, for example, and the oldest paint and glue mixture, and the oldest bedding! 

These have been dated, and prove that ancient humans were living in the cave 70,000 years ago, making tools, painting objects and even using reeds and herbs for a bedding that discouraged mosquitoes!

 

SIBUDU HAS BECOME WORLD FAMOUS AND HAS BEEN PUT FORWARD BY THE SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT FOR UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE STATUS.

 OUT OF AFRICA: Genetic research into human DNA proves that all modern humans are descended from people who migrated OUT OF AFRICA around the time Sibudu was inhabited.

 These early humans lived here as hunters and gatherers for tens of thousands of years before the coming of black groups, including the Zulu, who brought with them cattle-herding, iron tools and pottery.  


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