Research Papers/Topics in Archeology

The Archaeology of elite burials of Gombe, Buhera Zimbabwe

ABSTRACTMost late Iron Age societies have been studied through the study of burials and their associated grave goods. This has been proven to be a significant source of archaeological record. Some of the sites that have been discovered like Mapungubwe have been understood from burials that were found. Through the associated grave goods the research is going to characterise the grave goods of burials from Gombe in Buhera Zimbabwe to understand issues of status, social organisation and negotiat...

The Documentation And Characterization Of Rock Art In The Chiremba Area Of Epworth

ABSTRACT. Rock art is one of the categories of the archaeological heritage which is found in various places locally, regionally and internationally. Rock paintings are non renewable resources which cannot be renewed once it has been destroyed. Chiremba Area is a segment of Epworth, a peri urban area which is located 13 kilometers to the South East of Harare. The place has got rock art sites in the Chiremba National Monument and outside the premises of the Monument. Previous researchers ...

Collection development issues of oral history at the National Archives of Zimbabwe.

ABSTRACT Documenting oral history in societies is important because it helps to fill the historical and social gaps in the history of a nation. For effective and efficient documentation of oral history it is important to have stipulated guidelines on what to do and how to do it. These guidelines are found in a collection development policy. . So for effective and efficient documentation of oral history archives ought to have a collection development policy which becomes the foundati...

“Security as a Tool For Safeguarding Artistic Collections in Private Art Galleries in Zimbabwe. A Case of First Floor Art Gallery, Harare.”

ABSTRACT The 1954 Hague Convention identifies art as part of the world‟s irreplaceable cultural heritage which the world should cautiously safeguard to maintain our common identity. We sure cannot afford to lose such form of cultural heritage thus security in institutions like art galleries that have a responsibility for safe keeping art collections on behalf of the society should be taken seriously. In other words security should play a more meaningful role in care and preservation o...

Beyond Documentation: An Analytical Approach Towards The Future Of Museums As Information Centres

ABSTRACT In view of the records preservation status in Zimbabwe’s National Museums, this study tries to ascertain the future of museums as information centres. Using the records life cycle principle and the continuum model which state that documents should be properly managed from the time they are created until their ultimate disposal, this study examined the preservation strategies employed by Zimbabwe’s National Museums to ensure their records survive into the future. For the mus...

The archaeology of pre-colonial Mukaro community: a preliminary documentation.

AbstractThis research focused on introductory documentation of archaeological heritage, specifically dry-stone walls and grain bins found in the settlement of Mukaro, Gutu, showing how the heritage is linked to the people of Mukaro specifically the MoyoNyakuvengwa. The most important part of this study was to give a record of the type of heritage found in Mukaro through documentation processes like conditional survey, geo mapping among others. The other aspect of this research highlights how ...

Sites of Cultural significance In the BaTonga Culture; The case of Manjolo Communal lands, Binga.

ABSTRACT“The BaTonga are found in the north western part of Zimbabwe, a place known of high temperatures, dry and arid. For the few recent years the area has been climatologically transformed into receiving a less desirable amount of rainfall. The construction of the prevalent synthetic lake displaced and dispersed the BaTonga, with some settling in Zambia and Malawi. In Zimbabwe they have their scatterings elongating from Victoria Falls, Lupane, Hwange, Binga, Nyaminyami and Gokwe. The BaT...

Access and use of digitised special collections at Midlands State University Library

ABSTRACTAcademic libraries have digitised their collections for easy access and effective utilisation by adopting institutional repositories. The study noted that there is seemingly limited utilisation of digitised special collections by users at Midlands State University although the library has been able to digitise these collections and disseminate them on the Institutional Repository. Therefore, the research aimed to investigate the utilisation of digitised special collections at the Midl...

Historical Archaeology Of German Colonial Heritage At Ziavi, In The Ho Municipality, Volta Region, Ghana.

ABSTRACT This thesis was aimed at investigating the Archaeology of German colonial encounters with local agency at the Galenkuito site of Ziavi, in the Ho municipality of the Volta Region of Ghana. It garnered oral and documentary accounts to contribute to the knowledge of the migration and settlement histories of the early Ziavi indigenes prior to colonial times. The study used ethnographic research to document the contemporary life-ways of the people. These included chieftaincy an...

Politics, Polemics And Poetics Of Monument Conservation In Ghana: Investigating The Adaptive Reuse Of The 19th Century “West African Court Of Appeal” Building, Cape Coast

ABSTRACT This long essay examines the phenomenon of unused monuments that are found in many parts of Ghana, and analyses the major issues and challenges that underlie their conservation which constitute the associated politics and polemics. The study, on the other hand, with the due consideration of the value of the poetics in monument conservation management, identifies the inherent possibilities and virtues of these monuments which their conservation may engender. To demonstrate h...

OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES OF DIGITIZING MUSEUM COLLECTIONS: A CASE STUDY OF THE GHANA NATIONAL MUSEUM, ACCRA.

ABSTRACT Information Communication Technology (ICT) has become an important result oriented tool for organizations across the world in this 21st Century. For this reason, institutions are constantly delving into some of the creative ways by which they can use ICT to increase productivity. The purpose of this research centers on the digitization of the Collections of the Ghana National Museum, Accra. The researcher visited the British Museum, the Wallace Collection and the Black Cultural...