Encouraging Trend

We have noticed an encouraging trend over the past year.  A number of new organizations have launched that are focused on issues of cultural heritage protection, conservation, public outreach and education, and study in Africa.  An excellent recent example is the Institute for Indian Ocean Heritage.  Let’s hope the trend continues and that existing organizations expand their roles and contributions.

Check out our list below of some of the principal organizations based in and outside of Africa committed to this endeavor.  Or for more, check out our Cultural Heritage Conservation, Protection, and Management page and our African Archaeology and African Studies Professional Associations and Research Societies page.

Africa-Based Cultural Heritage Conservation Organizations:

African World Heritage Fund

African World Heritage Fund Facebook page

The Heinz Rüther Collection - JSTOR African Heritage Sites

Rock Art Research Institute of South Africa at the University of the Witwatersrand

PanAfrican Archaeological Association

Trust for African Rock Art (TARA)

Zamani Project of the University of Cape Town

Global Cultural Heritage Conservation Organizations and Projects with African Projects/Content:

African Rock Art Image Project of the British Museum

Aluka World Heritages Sites Africa on JSTOR

The Archaeology of Agricultural Resilience in Eastern Africa (AAREA)

Bradshaw Foundation


EAMENA - Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa

Global Heritage Fund

Institute for Indian Ocean Heritage

International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) 

International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)

REAL - Resilience in East African Landscapes

SAFE Saving Antiquities for Everyone

Society of Africanist Archaeologists (SAfA)

UNESCO World Heritage List

World Archaeological Congress

World Monuments Fund

Cultural Resource / Heritage Management Companies and Organizations Specializing in Eastern African Archaeology and Cultural Heritage:

African Heritage Ltd

Institute for Indian Ocean Heritage

Pan African Archaeological Services


It is about Africa's pasts. It is about Africa today. It is about time.

Why are there so few scholarly blogs, websites, Twitter accounts, etc. concerning archaeology and material cultural heritage in Eastern Africa, a world region with a diverse archaeological record that stretches back more than 2.5 million years?  Archaeological and cultural heritage research and teaching have grown dramatically in the past decade.  While this inaugural blog post of Through the Horn and Across the Rift will not answer this question, this blog will contribute, however humbly, to filling this void.  This blog is part of a larger endeavor from Eastern African Archaeology Online, which aims to advocate for and increase awareness of archaeology and cultural heritage issues in Eastern Africa, providing links to scholarly and educational resources, and offering news and information concerning archaeological research, events, and archaeological/anthropological field school and travel resources.  

Eastern African Archaeology Online has several central goals:

  • Increase awareness of African archaeology and cultural heritage in the global community.
  • Advocate for cultural heritage preservation and protection in Eastern Africa and around the world.
  • Promote the research of African and Africanist archaeologists and historians, and others studying African cultural heritages.
  • Provide researchers and students with updated and easy-to-navigate links to resources concerning African archaeology and related fields.
  • Share information about field school opportunities, scholarships, and Africanist studies conferences, meetings, and exhibits.
  • Present news and scholarly opinion about recent events and publications concerning African archaeology and cultural resource management.
  • Offer insights on sustainable and responsible cultural heritage tourism and historical and archaeological travel advice in Eastern Africa.

Thanks for visiting and for your shared interest in the archaeology and cultural heritage of Africa's many peoples and places!



Matthew C. Curtis, Ph.D.

Founder and Director of Eastern African Archaeology Online