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Applied Methods for Upgrading Documentation of Immovable Heritage in Lesotho


Ashton Sinamai ,

University of York, GB
About Ashton

Ashton Sinamai is a Marie Curie Researcher with the University of York.Previously he has worked for the National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe, National Museums of Namibia and the Midlands State University in Zimbabwe. His work focuses on heritage managment and cultural landscapes

Ishanlosen Odiaua trained as an architect with expertise in heritage managment. She has worked as a Lecturer at the Abubaker T/Balewa University in Bauchi, Nigeria. Currently she is an EIA consultant based in Canada.

Seke Katsamudanga is a senior lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Zimbabwe. He has published extensively  on the application of GIS in archaeology.

Ndukuyakhe Ndhlovu is currently a senior lecturer at the University of Pretoria. He has published work in rock art of southern Africa as well as on the politics of archaeology in South Africa.

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Ishanlosen Odiaua,

Consultant, Montreal, Canada
About Ishanlosen

Dr Odiaua is an architect trained at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Grenoble, (MA) and the Université Panthéon Sorbonne (Paris I) France, (PhD). She specialised in earth building and management of architectural landscapes and heritage. She has taught architecture at the Abubakar T/Balewa University, Bauchi, Nigeria and has also worked for ICCROM at the Centre for Heritage Development in Africa, Mombasa, Kenya. Currently Dr Odiaua is Heritage Development specialist (EIA) based in Montreal, Canada.

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Seke Katsamudanga,

University of Zimbabwe, ZW
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Ndukuyake Ndhlovu

University of Pretoria, Pretoria South Africa, ZA
About Ndukuyake

Dr Ndhlovu is a South African archaeologist who has worked at heritage organisations like AMAFA KwaZulu Natal South Africa and South African Heritage Resource Agency. He has an MA in Anthropology from Rhodes University (South Africa), and a PhD Heritage Studies University of Newcastle, United Kingdom. He has also worked as a Collections Manager (Rock Art) at the University of Witwatersrand and is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Pretoria.

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The conservation of African immovable heritage is increasingly faced with the challenge of irreversible change from the development process. There is an urgent need to ensure that those remaining places are properly documented for posterity. This paper reports on action taken to safeguard Lesotho national heritage, through the upgrading of its heritage documentation system and the establishment of a baseline inventory for the national heritage conservation agency. The exercise was carried out over two years, with international partnership, based on regional expertise. The heritage typologies recorded were architectural, archaeological and natural, including rock paintings, in nature. It provides an example of how cooperation of international organisation and exchange of skills among African  organisations could assist in solving some of the problems faced by the heritage sectors of countries that lack the capacity to preserve their cultural resources.
How to Cite: Sinamai, A., Odiaua, I., Katsamudanga, S. and Ndhlovu, N., 2017. Applied Methods for Upgrading Documentation of Immovable Heritage in Lesotho. Journal of African Cultural Heritage Studies, 1(1), pp.32–48. DOI:
Published on 02 Jun 2017.
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