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Registration deadline: 31 August

Pre- and Post conference excursion deadline: 1 August




under the patronage of UNESCO and the African World Heritage Fund



In 2011 ICAHM began an Africa Initiative “The Potential Role of the World Heritage Convention, ICOMOS, and ICAHM in African Archaeological Site Preservation and Economic Development” geared towards identifying sites with potentials to be included in the World Heritage List thus increasing the number of World Heritage Sites in Sub-Saharan Africa to balance it with other sites in the world.  Therefore, we are now happy to announce that the next ICAHM meeting, under the patronage of the African World Heritage Fund, will take us for the first time to the African continent, to Bagamoyo on the shores of Indian Ocean near Dar es Salaam.  

Tanzania is endowed with important paleoanthropological sites such as Olduvai Gorge and the Laetoli World Heritage Sites in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area where remains of Australopithecus boisei, Australopithecus aethiopicus, Australopithecus afarensis, and the 3.6 million years old hominin footprints have been discovered. The country is also famous for coastal sites such as Kilwa Kisiwani and Zanzibar. The island that is rich with tangible and intangible heritage resources, continues to be a gateway to the world both in the past as it has been depicted in historical writings and archaeological discoveries linking it not only with the Middle East and the Far East (Southeast Asia), but also with Africa’s Hinterlands as well as its contemporary role as a vibrant Island city and a doorway to the rest of the world.

The emphasis of this meeting will be on: trade routes to and from Sub-Saharan Africa to the rest of the world, the Africa Initiative, and conservation and sustainable use of paleoanthropological sites. Furthermore, we intend to organize sessions on: World Heritage Sites as Sources for Sustainable Development and Digital Technologies and Archaeological Heritage Management.

You will be offered the opportunity to book a pre-conference excursion to Zanzibar and a post-conference excursion + 4-day Safari Extension to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park where we will visit Olduvai Gorge and Laetoli Footprints and hopefully spot the Big Five! Visit the excursion page for more information.

The conference will be held at the Stella Maris Hotel in Bagamoyo, 75 km north of Dar-es-Salaam.

Bagamoyo, Tanzania, is a town founded at the end of the 18th century. It was the original capital of German East Africa and was one of the most important trading ports along the East African coast. Now, the town has about 30,000 inhabitants and is the capital of the Bagamoyo District, which was recently considered as a World Heritage Site.

For more information and booking a room at the Stella Maris Hotel, please click here.

We hope to welcome you in Bagamoyo this year!