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Origins of Early Sapiens Behavior

The Origins of Early Sapiens Behaviour Exhibition is a showcase of a culmination of some 30 years of archaeological research in the southern Cape, undertaken by Professor Christopher Henshilwood, Dr Karen van Niekerk, Professor Sarah Wurz and their research teams at Blombos Cave, Klipdrift Shelter and Klasies River.  The exhibition has been curated by award-winning documentary filmmaker Craig Foster and Curator at the Institute for Human Evolution at University of the Witwatersrand, Petro Keene. The exhibition is designed to explore key aspects of archaeological research and is linked to the SapienCE/Wits research programme that focuses on early human origins and innovations in southern Africa.

The exhibition was first showcased late in 2018 at the Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch, near Cape Town. Since then it has been expanded and updated to include finds from the Klasies River site.

The Iziko South African Museum in Cape Town is proud to offer visitors  and learners to the Mother City the opportunity to add to their cultural exploration of South Africa through a world-class exhibition that educates us about our common past and allows us to see first-hand where and how all humans’ ancestors lived. 

Produced by Craig and Damon Foster, Foster Brothers Film. Camera by Warren Smart. Editing by Jackie Viviers.

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Past Exhibition
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Kindly note that the Iziko Bertram House, Iziko Koopmans-de Wet House and Iziko Rust en Vreugd on Friday, 7 April 2023 will be closed to the public.
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Iziko Museums of South Africa will increase entry fees to all Iziko Museums for the first time in a decade, effective 1 April 2023. The new fees schedule was developed after undertaking a benchmarking assessment of local, regional, and national cultural/heritage attractions. The new entrance fees take our communities and visitors into consideration and remains a unique value-for money cultural and edutainment offering in Cape Town.