The term “cultural landscape” refers to the imprint created on a natural landscape through human habitation and cultivation over an extended period of time. While the Cape has been inhabited for many hundreds of thousands of years (pre-colonial history) prior to Western settlement (colonial history), the nomadic lifestyles of early inhabitants are not always as evident within the landscape as the significant imprints made by humans during the last two – three hundred years and more. Definition of a cultural landscape can be informed by the following elements, weighed through professional opinion, public values and statutory (legal) frameworks:
• Urban Landscape
• Natural Landscape
• Public Memory
• Social History
• Historical Architecture
• Palaeontology
• Archaeology (Stone Age and Historical)

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