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Managing Heritage in Africa

Who Cares?, 1st Edition

Edited by Webber Ndoro, Shadreck Chirikure, Janette Deacon


258 pages

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Managing Heritage in Africa provides a wide-ranging, up-to-date synthesis of heritage management practice in Africa, covering a broad spectrum of heritage issues such as archaeology, living traditions, sacred sites, heritage of pain (slavery), international conventions cultural landscapes, heritage in conflict areas and heritage versus development. Dealing with both intangible and tangible heritage, Managing Heritage in Africa gives an informative insight into some of the major issues and approaches to contemporary heritage management in Africa and situates the challenges facing heritage practitioners.

Table of Contents

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Series General Co-Editors’ Foreword

1. Approaches and trends in African heritage management and conservation.Shadreck Chirikure, Webber Ndoro& Janette Deacon

2. The challenges of the preservation of archaeological heritage in West Africa. Adebayo Folorunso

3. The African response to the concept and implementation of the 1970 Convention on the Means of Prohibiting Illicit Import and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property. Dawson Munjeri

4. Reorienting heritage management in southern Africa: lessons from traditional custodianship of rock art sites in central Mozambique. Albino Jopela

5. Traditional methods of conservation: a case study of Bafut. Raymond Neba’ane Asombang

6. Sites of Pain and Shame as heritage discourses: Case of Shimoni Slave caves in south-eastern Kenya Herman Kiriama

7. The evolution of cultural and natural management systems with the waterlogged villages in Benin Hermione Nonhome Koudakossi Boko

8. Managing Sacred Sites as Heritage in West Africa Victoria Ndidi Osuagwu

9. The sacred groves in the Bight of Benin: a misunderstood heritage. Souayibou Varissou

10. Investigating incorporation of community cultural values in archaeological impact assessment processes: case studies from Botswana. Nonofho Ndobochani & Gilbert Pwiti

11. Heritage management at cross-roads: the role of contract archaeology in South Africa Ndukuyakhe Ndlovu

12. Dammed if you do, damned if you don't: archaeology and the Lesotho Highlands Water Project Peter Mitchell

13. Managing the built environment and the urban landscape in South Africa Stephen Townsend

14. Heritage and energy development issues, a controversial complex relationship.

Amal Awad Mukhtar Nasir & Webber Ndoro

15. Conflict between local communities and heritage managers in the conservation of Historic Cairo. Yehia Hassan & Shadreck Chirikure

16. The Triple Development Dilemma confronting Historic Urban Areas: The Case of Mombasa Old Town and Lamu World Heritage Site. Kassim Omar

17. Caring matters: the future of managing heritage in Africa. Webber Ndoro & Shadreck Chirikure


About the Editors

Webber Ndoro (MA, York; MPhil, Cambridge; PhD, Uppsala) is Director of the African World Heritage Fund based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Associate Research Fellow at the University of Cape Town. He worked as a heritage manager at Great Zimbabwe from 1988 to 1994. He taught heritage management at the University of Zimbabwe before joining ICCROM’s Africa 2009 Programme as the Projects Manager. He has authored several papers in journals and books, and in 2015 was awarded the ICCROM prize for his contribution to heritage conservation.

Shadreck Chirikure, (MA, PhD, University College London) is a leading scholar on heritage management and indigenous knowledge systems in Africa. He has vast experience in managing cultural heritage in Africa and has participated in several projects such as rehabilitating Khami World Heritage Sites. Currently, Shadreck is Associate Professor in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Cape Town. He has published in leading peer reviewed journals such as Current Anthropology and Antiquity. His books include Indigenous Mining and Metallurgy in Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and Metals in Past Societies (Springer 2015).

Janette Deacon (MA, PhD Cape Town),studied archaeology at the University of Cape Town, graduating in 1960. Her PhD was awarded in 1982. She edited theSouth African Archaeological Bulletin from 1976 to 1993. In 1989, she was appointed as Archaeologist at the National Monuments Council and was involved in the drafting of the National Heritage Resources Act. After retiring at the end of 1999 she served as Chairperson of Heritage Western Cape and between 2000 and 2011 arranged a series of courses and workshops on rock art conservation and management for the Southern African Rock Art Project and the Getty Conservation Institute at World Heritage sites in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania. She was awarded an Honorary D.Litt. by UCT in 2016.

About the Series

Key Issues in Cultural Heritage

Key Issues in Cultural Heritage is a new and unique series which aims to identify interdisciplinary debates within the changing and under-theorized field of Heritage Studies and to explore how they impact on the practices not only of heritage management and conservation, but also the processes of production, consumption and engagement with heritage in its many and varied forms. Each volume brings together a selection of international contributors and global case studies, providing a balance of theoretical and empirical content.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology