A gaze that pierces

This begins with a single image. Two men are seated in an archaeological site. A sieve, or screen, lies between them. To the left of the frame is the archaeologist AJH “John” Goodwin (1900-1959), a formative figure in the making of South African archaeology. To the right is an unnamed co-worker. Goodwin has left us a substantial archive relating to his life and work, comprising over a hundred boxes of notes, correspondence, and photographs. Of his co-worker we know next to nothing. The grid markings on the cave wall identify this as Oakhurst Cave, a large site on the southern Cape coast excavated between 1932 and 1935, remarkable for its many human burials. Read more here.