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