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The Lydenburg heads are one of the earliest known forms of African sculpture in Southern Africa and are dated at between AD500 and AD800.
There are seven hollow terracotta sculptures which are named after the site at which they were discovered in the late 1950s.
The periods can roughly be divided as follows:- Early Archaean 3.9 - 3.3.
billion years ago; Mid Archaean 3.3 - 2.9 billion years ago; Late Archaean 2.9 - 2.5 billion years ago.
The small and beautiful "Makhonjwa Mountain Range"close to Barberton, where gold and asbestos deposits occur, stretches from Jeppe’s Reef to Oshoek and from Shiyalongubo Dam to Queen’s river.
It is known world wide in geological circles as a treasure house of other significant geological phenomenae.
This is because it is only in the beautifully preserved rocks of the Makhonjwas that they are able to find the clues that science needs to learn about the earth's earliest history and the way life began.
The historic and cultural history of the region is of great importance to the Swazi Nation as well as that of the early colonial era.
If you were able to travel back in time to visit Earth during the Archaean period you would not recognize it as the same planet we inhabit today.
FOR MORE CLICK HERE The atmosphere was very different from today it most probably consisted of methane, ammonia, and other gases which would be toxic to most life on earth today.
The oldest known fossils date back to about 3.5 billion years ago, and consist of bacteria microfossils. Stromatolites, were colonies of photosynthetic bacteria which today have been found as fossils in the early Archaean rocks of Barberton.
Stromatolites were common during the late Archaean age.