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Fourteen years of archaeological and heritage research in the Iringa Region, Tanzania

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Stone Age, Mkwawa, Isimila, Lithics, Tanzania, Iringa, Acheulean, Iron Age

Abstract (summary)

The Iringa Region is famous among archaeologists for the Acheulean site of Isimila, and among historians as the stronghold where Chief Mkwawa led the Hehe resistance against German colonial forces. However, our research reveals that Iringa has a rich archaeological record that spans the period from the Stone Age into the recent past. This article summarizes the results of 14 years of research by our team, the Iringa Region Archaeological Project (IRAP). Since 2006, IRAP members have recorded 67 sites, and this only scratches the surface of the archaeological potential in the area. These sites, some of which were recorded in conjunction with local participants, have archaeological component characteristic of the Early, Middle, and Later Stone Age, the Iron Age, and the recent past. We consider the archaeological and historical value of Iringa to be high and hope that this work inspires future research, tourism, and conservation efforts in the area.

Publication Information

Miller, J. M., J. J. Werner, K. M. Biittner, and P. R. Willoughby. (2020). Fourteen Years of Archaeological and Heritage Research in the Iringa Region, Tanzania. African Archaeological Review 37:271-292.


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