Title: Africa’s pre-colonial ‘crown jewels’ to find a home in new South African museum
Author: Tim Cornwell
Media Outlet: The Art Newspaper
Publish Date: January 16, 2019
“One of Africa’s pre-colonial treasures, the Mapungubwe gold collection, discovered in the 1930s near what is now the South Africa-Zimbabwe border, will take pride of place in a new museum opening in Pretoria, South Africa, in mid-2019. The 13th-century collection, will be “a manifestation of the creativity of Africa” when it goes on show in the four-storey tower building of the new 280m rand ($19.7m) Javett Art Centre at the University of Pretoria (Javett-UP), says its director, Christopher Till.
The university led the excavations of graves at the hill site of Mapungubwe, where the evidence of an early Medieval civilisation defied apartheid narratives of an “empty land” before European settlement.”