David Goldblatt
Copper-bearing rocks, Carolusberg, Namaqualand, Northern Cape. 1 January 2004

Namaqualand was once rich in copper. Early Namas worked and used it extensively in ornaments and utensils. Simon van der Stel, governor of the Cape, made an expedition in 1685 in search of the metal. After travelling some 650 kilometres he found it here on Carolusberg and mined a small quantity very near this pile of copper-bearing rock. In the 19th and 20th centuries mines at Carolusberg and neighbouring O'okiep became major producers of copper. The orebodies having been exhausted, these mines are now closed.

archival pigment ink on cotton rag paper
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