Tanzania is endowed with plenty of cultural heritage resources ranging from paleontological, archaeological and architectural sites to ethnographical localities. The resources contribute to understanding how we (humans), our environments and other creatures on earth came to be what we/they are today. They can also attract tourists from across the globe and contribute to development. Their significance motivated the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, through the University of Dar es Salaam, to establish the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies. The Department began in 1985 as an Archaeology Unit under the Department of History. It was later established as a Department in its own right and it is currently one of the most vibrant centers of academic excellence in Africa.
To enhance excellence intraining and research aspects of Tanzania and World cultural heritage resources.
The Department has a mission to produce professionals in the heritage sector through its training and research programs and promote Tanzania’s cultural heritage to people from all walks of life across the globe.