African Archaeological Review

, Volume 13, Issue 3, pp 165–170 | Cite as

Archaeology in African museums

  • Chapurukha M. Kusimba
Forum for African Archaeology and Culture


Museums curate, document, conserve, and protect the earth's diverse natural and cultural heritage for purposes of educating humankind. Through research, exhibitions, and other activities that stress our common demominators and achievements, museums help us to forge and affirm local, ethnic, national, and international identities, unity, and pride. To accomplish such diverse goals, museums require dynamic, dedicated, ethical, and fairly well-educated staff. Museums must also be well-funded and should have local, national, and international support systems. This paper discusses the challenges faced by museum professionals in Africa, especially archaeologists, as they attempt to unearth, and in some cases reinterpret, Africa's cultural history.

Key words

archaeology museums Africa documentation research 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chapurukha M. Kusimba
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyField Museum of Natural HistoryChicago

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