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Skeleton Coast Park - The wreckage of human history


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Skeleton Coast Park - The wreckage of human history.

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The Skeleton Coast has an abundance of unusual phenomenarnand a dramatic, sometimes harsh human history. When Swedish explorer and naturalist Charles John Andersson encountered tales of the Skeleton Coast he declared, "Death would be preferable to banishment to such a country." But not everybody shared his opinion. A group of people named variously as Strandlopers, Sandlopers or Dauna-Daman (meaning 'seaside people on a desertrnplain’) used the beaches as foraging grounds. They survivedrnon fi sh, seals, sea birds, dead whales and whatever else the Atlantic’s cold Benguela Current threw their way. Like the wildlife, they moved inland when environmental circumstances made it necessary. While at the seaside they constructed shelters using stone and tents of skin, perhaps reeds, sometimes supported by whalebones. Sharp-pointed stone circles still survive along the coast.

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