Zimbabwe boasts more than 100,000 rock art sites displaying millions of images. San, Khoikhoi, and Bantu cultures all contributed to this prodigious collection estimated to span 10,000 to 40,000 years.
Dick Sundstrom waited many years for the US Department of State to lift its advisory against travel to Zimbabwe.
Finally, Sundstrom was able to cross this destination off his bucket list. Zimbabwe boasts more than 100,000 rock art sites displaying millions of images.
San, Khoikhoi, and Bantu cultures all contributed to this prodigious collection estimated to span 10,000 to 40,000 years. Sundstrom was guided to Bambata Cave, Nswatugi Cave, and the White Rhino Shelter in the Matobo Hills and the Kaoxa Shelter near Mapungubwe where he photographed a wide variety of rock art.
He also visited Hwange National Park for a close-up look at the wildlife depicted in those images. A highlight was touring Great Zimbabwe – the second-largest manmade stone structure in Africa, built approximately 700 years ago.
Having dined on ostrich in Kenya and kangaroo in Australia, Sundstrom will share his experience of sampling Zimbabwe’s favorite snack: the Mopane worm!
Since 1992, Dick Sundstrom has been an active member of the Colorado Archaeological Society (CAS). He served as president of CAS and as chair of the Long-Range Planning Committee.
He also served as president of the Pikes Peak Chapter/CAS in addition to a decade of service as chapter treasurer, which earned him the coveted Silver Trowel Award. Sundstrom is a PAAC Scholar (Program for Avocational Archaeological Certification).
He has given interpretive demonstrations on rock art at several elementary schools, the Pioneers Museum, and History Colorado. Sundstrom has represented CAS at the Saving Places Conference sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and led a workshop there.
The Pikes Peak Chapter of the Colorado Archaeology Society can be contacted via a form on their website.