permit application for destructive sampling and analysis of the hanging remnant stratigraphic unit at swartkrans cave, south africa






Tuesday, August 17, 2021 to Friday, September 30, 2022




The permit is issued to Dr. Matthew V. Caruana (University of Johannesburg), in collaboration with Prof. Kathleen Kuman (University of the Witwatersrand), and Prof. Darryl Granger (Purdue University) for the  permanent export and destructive analysis of Hanging Remnants samples from Swartkrans archaeological site. The materials are currently housed at the Evolutionary Studies Institute, University of the Witwatersrand.

1. Only the selected representatives of the material stored in the collection may be exported.

2. The material must be carefully packed and all packaging must be clearly marked with the name of the site, and the name and address of the permit holder.

3. The material will be couriered to the Department of Earth Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Purdue University.

4. Prof. Darryl Granger is responsible for the analysis of the material and Dr. Matthew V. Caruana is responsible for the transportation of the material to the above mentioned institutions/collections.

5. The samples must be used for study purposes only, and may not be sold or exchanged.

6. The material may not be loaned to any person or institution other than the above stated participants in the study, without the consent of SAHRA: The materials in this permit will be sent to Germany for leaf wax analysis in the second phase of the study, SAHRA must be alerted in writing prior to the material being transferred.

7. Destructive analysis or sampling may be undertaken.

8. A report on the activities undertaken in terms of this permit must be emailed to on or before 30 September 2022 using the template in the following link:

9. Copies of any papers that may result from the export of the material must be lodged with SAHRA.

10. SAHRA shall not be liable for any losses, damages or injuries to persons or properties as a result of any activities in connection with this permit.

11. SAHRA reserves the right to cancel this permit by notice to the permit holder.

12. Should any legal proceedings arise with regard to this permit or the transport and loan of the material, these proceedings must be addressed within in the South African legislative framework.

13. Request to renew permits must be done at least two months prior to the expiry of the existing permit



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