Inside Peers Cave, overlooking Fish Hoek

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    In 1926/7 Victor Peers and his son, Bertram excavated the cave which later became known as Peers Cave. They found many stone tools and the paleolithic skeletons of nine people, one of whom became famous as Fish Hoek Man. The skull has the largest brain area of any skull of its age found up until that time, and has been dated at 12,000 years old. Bertram was a lover and explorer of the great outdoors, a fine amateur scientist and a dedicated naturalist but his enthusiasm eventually cost him his life, when he was fatally struck by a puff adder.

    In January 1941 Peers Cave was declared a National Monument.

    Fish Hoek is situated on the Indian Ocean, in a broad, low valley, between two and three kilometres wide, which runs from west to east across the girth of the Cape Peninsula. When sealevels were higher than they are today the valley used to be a sea passage that separated the Cape Peninsula into northern and southern islands. Fish Hoek is at the eastern end of the valley. The villages of Noordhoek and Kommetjie are at the western end, on the Atlantic coast. The valley is generally sandy and the bedrock is Cape granite. In places this is deeply weathered and in the past the rotted granite was mined for pockets of the mineral kaolinite, which is used to make ceramic goods such as hand basins and bath tubs.

    Peers Cave is accessed either by a short climb up the dunes from Fish Hoek, or from Ou Kaapse Weg, and affords beautiful views across the Peninsula to both oceans from across the valley and, a peep into stone-age history.

    Emília Couto Della-Porther, and 6 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. tractorpirate [deleted] 92 months ago | reply

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    2. Cycling Racer [deleted] 92 months ago | reply

      nice shot

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    3. hafdisjod(moogomam) 92 months ago | reply

      Exellent photo and thank you very much for all the information which I enjoyed to read.
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    4. TRIPELEFF 92 months ago | reply

      Outstanding, as usual. And interesting too. I was never able to see the cave. I knew more or less where it was but in my days there was no path going up neither any sign or indication. I suppose that your photo points northward, toward Fishhoek and Muizenberg on the back. It means that those prehistoric people were living on the (then) southern island. Hence, they were able to sail, or at least to wade through the water.

    5. ana_lee_smith 92 months ago | reply

      Lovely window shot & interesting text, Ian!
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    6. Stu Worrall Photography 92 months ago | reply

      great shot ifijay, you did well to get the inside and outside of the cave well exposed

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    7. Emília Couto Della-Porther 92 months ago | reply

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    8. ~ABS~ Photography - Alex 92 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Hiking and Climbing in Cape Town, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

    9. Carol Nanfito Photography 92 months ago | reply

      Another great info lesson and wonderful shot. Thanks Ian.

    10. jurassic john 92 months ago | reply

      Definitely my kind of shot. JJ
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    11. Ian Junor 92 months ago | reply

      Thank you all for your wonderful comments, invites and favs.

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    13. sypix 92 months ago | reply

      Wow. Stunning view. Love the framing of this.

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      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called SANParks - Table Mountain National Park, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

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