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Developing a national spatial (GIS) database of archaeological sites in Zimbabwe

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Seke Katsamudanga

University of Zimbabwe, ZW
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This paper discusses two issues: the value now accruing from the digitisation of the national record of archaeological sites in Zimbabwe and the importance of integrating Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in archaeological research. The record of archaeological sites in Zimbabwe, otherwise known as the Archaeological Survey Database, or the Survey Record, is a list of sites that have been reported to the National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe (NMMZ) and its predecessors since the 1890s. The digital spatial database that has now been developed out of the thousands of sites reported for more than a century has practical advantages over the physical and manual records available, as well as other digital databases. In the face of numerous development projects, including the recent land reform programme and other activities in Zimbabwe, the GIS database becomes handy in anticipating the magnitude of risks facing the archaeological heritage and monuments in the country. In addition, the database would be useful to researchers in spatial and settlement archaeology, or anyone interested in the whereabouts of archaeological sites. The paper uses this example of a database to demonstrate the importance of ICTs in the archaeology of Zimbabwe and southern Africa.
How to Cite: Katsamudanga, S., 2022. Developing a national spatial (GIS) database of archaeological sites in Zimbabwe . Journal of African Cultural Heritage Studies, 3(1), pp.118–135. DOI: http://doi.org/10.22599/jachs.115
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Published on 24 Jul 2022.
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