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