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February 05, 2010

Peers Cave, Fish Hoek – A Cape Town Tourism photo essay

Fish Hoek gained its place in world history with the discovery of a fossilised skeleton, in 1926, in Peers Cave. The cave had been used as a shelter by a group of prehistoric people. A father and son team, named Peers, excavated the cave site, discovering stone tools and the remains of nine people, one of whom became known as Fish Hoek Man.

Fish Hoek Man’s skull is estimated to be about 12 000 years’ old. It had the largest brain area of any skull its age found up until that time.

Peers Cave, a short climb up the dunes, offers an insight into Stone Age history, and scenic views across the valley.

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Fish Hoek is situated on the Indian Ocean, in a broad, low valley, between 2km and 3km wide. The valley runs from west to east across the girth of the Cape Peninsula. When sea levels were higher than they are today, the valley used to be a sea passage that separated the Cape Peninsula into northern and southern islands.

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In January 1941, Peers Cave was declared a National Monument.

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Noordhoek, as viewed from Peers Cave.

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Fish Hoek, below Elsie’s Peak, as seen from Peers Cave.

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Images © Ian Junor aka ifijay 2010

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